Author Julie Schumacher talks about her new book which features the hilarious return of Jason Fitger, now the newly appointed chair of the Department of English, and how Shakespeare might just help him win the battle for his department at fictional Payne University.Julie Schumacher, The Shakespeare Requirement
A bit of William Shakespeare to make the holidays merry! Eight Shakespeare-themed holiday gift ideas for you from the Folger Shop. Plus links to Holidays Past.Gift Ideas for Shakespeare Fans
Courtesy of the Churchill Archives Centre
A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. An upcoming Folger exhibition traces Shakespeare’s influence on his speeches and ideas. On view through Jan 6, 2019.Churchill's Shakespeare
Six stand-alone lessons—and the accompanying scripts from The Merchant of Venice and District Merchants, video clips, and resource lists—designed by Folger Education to serve as guides for conversations in your classroom.Classroom Conversations about Identity and Difference
Around 1762, Constance Hall recorded this recipe for Cog’s Biscuits—a biscuit that’s fluffy and sweet and savory and firm and spiced, all at the same time. In honor of Thanksgiving, a new recipe for your table from our collection.An Early Modern Biscuit for Your Buffet
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.
Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Dec. 10
Poet Jen Bervin and scholar Martha Nell Smith read and discuss Dickinson's poetry on Monday, December 10 at 7:30pm. Following the reading, Dickinson's famous black cake will be served at the reception.
Folger Consort: Seasonal English Music
Celebrate the holidays with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements. Called "the best Christmas concert in Washington" (The DCist), this annual concert of beloved Yuletide music plays December 14 - 23 in our festively decorated Elizabethan theater.
Nell Gwynn: On stage January 29
An orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane becomes the darling of the Restoration theater—and favorite mistress of Charles II. Jessica Swale's award-winning comedy smash from the U.K. makes its East Coast premiere at the Folger. "Gloriously funny and touching" (Telegraph).
Troilus and Cressida screening: January 14
Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle. "Wonderful. Epic and hugely rewarding" (The Times). Mon., Jan. 14 at 7pm.
Upcoming at the Folger
December 10O.B. Hardison Poetry
December 12Talks, Screenings, & More
December 14Talks, Screenings, & More
December 15Talks, 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.