Photo: Elman Studio
Learn about the extraordinary Folger Shakespeare Library building, designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret, and its modernized classical exterior and English Renaissance interior. Through Jan 5A Monument to Shakespeare
What would it have been like to see a performance at one of the playhouses of Shakespeare’s time, such as the Globe?Shakespeare's Theater
Photo: Lloyd Wolf
The Folger Shakespeare Library Editions are the most popular Shakespeare texts used in American classrooms. Visit Folger Digital Texts to read the full, searchable text of Shakespeare's plays online.Shakespeare's Plays
Lisa Klein talks about her 2006 YA novel Ophelia, now a movie starring Daisy Ridley (pictured), which approaches the events of Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view.Lisa Klein on ‘Ophelia’
The main building will be undergoing a major renovation beginning in early 2020 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, which formally launched Apr 15 at the Folger Gala.Building Renovation Project
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Shakespeare is our middle name. We are stewards of a precious resource of world heritage and culture—a living tradition that offers something truly elevating.
Folger Theatre's 2019/20 Season
Feast on a smorgasbord of Shakespeare and Shaffer. Larger-than-life characters—full of humor, hubris, and hunger—take the Folger stage next season. These legendary figures—from Falstaff to Mozart—will leave you craving more. Subscribers get the best seats at the best price, plus other exclusive benefits.
Folger Consort's 2019/20 Season: Bella Italia
Five concerts celebrating Italy—Machiavelli's Florence, Vivaldi and Corelli at Christmas, masterworks by Palestrina, Monteverdi, and more. Subscribe and save for a season of performances at St. Mark's Church on Capitol Hill and our annual concert at Washington National Cathedral.
Upcoming at the Folger
July 27Talks, Screenings, & More
Sept 5Talks, Screenings, & More
Sept 18Talks, Screenings, & More
Sept 27Talks, Screenings, & More
Classroom Resources for Teaching Shakespeare
Folger Education works alongside teachers to develop engaging, effective tools for helping students have successful classroom encounters with Shakespeare and other complex texts.