Yassine El Mansouri Photography
The Folger Shakespeare Library, established on Capitol Hill in 1932 as a gift to the American people, is home to the world’s largest collection of First Folios, the book that gave us Shakespeare. Learn more about the First Folio and see other treasures from the Shakespeare collection.The World's Largest Shakespeare Collection
Maurice Jones as Mark Antony in JULIUS CAESAR, 2014. Photo: Teresa Wood.
The Folger’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast features interviews with scholars, authors, directors, and actors about Shakespeare’s works, his world, and his enduring influence. Want more listening material? Stream excerpts from full-cast audio recordings of seven Shakespeare plays, including Julius Caesar.Lend Me Your Ears
Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth at Folger Theatre, 2008. Photo: T. Charles Erickson
Shakespeare’s plays come to life with Folger Theatre. Watch a recording of 2008’s Macbeth (streaming for free), and subscribe to the 2020/21 season on the road: Nathan the Wise at Theater J, The Tempest at Round House Theatre, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Building Museum.Folger Theatre: Shakespeare Onstage
Visit The Folger Shakespeare to read the full, searchable text of all of Shakespeare's plays, along with scene summaries, essays, and textual notes. To further support teachers, Folger Education is sharing free resources and ideas for teaching during COVID-19.Studying and Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays
Our historic building is undergoing a major renovation to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who come here. The project is supported by the $50 million Wonder of Will campaign.Building Renovation
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Because the Folger presents the human experience in all of its complexity and aspiration, we must be part of undoing the legacy of hurt, racial injustice, and pain. Calling out completely unacceptable violence against African Americans, including the killing of George Floyd, is only part of what we must do. It is a start. But we must also address this legacy in our thinking and actions.
Folger Theatre's 2020/21 Season
Folger Theatre goes "On The Road" at venues across the DC region, including the National Building Museum, Round House Theatre, and Theater J. Follow us for news & performance dates in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Subscribe today to enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber.
Upcoming Folger Events & Programs
Aug 12, 2020Shakespeare Lightning Round
Sep 3, 2020Virtual Book Club
Dec 11-20, 2020Folger Consort
Feb 17 - Mar 14, 2021Folger Theatre
The Earle Hyman Collection
Earlier this year, the Folger was privileged to receive the Earle Hyman Collection, including many of the actor’s personal papers, photographs, and theatrical ephemera, as a gift from his family and friends.