• Teresa Wood

    The Way of the World

    Women are in charge in Theresa Rebeck's The Way of the World at Folger Theatre. Catch this sharp, witty update of William Congreve's classic comedy, presented as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival. Jan 9 – Feb 11.

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  • John Ulman

    Marketing Shakespeare

    How do you get theater audiences interested in less familiar Shakespeare plays? This episode of the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast features three of the Folger’s theater partners.

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  • Theater History

    Explore the Folger collections related to dramatic performance, from promptbooks and playbills to photographs and memorabilia. This 19th-century "tinsel print" shows actor Edmund Kean as Richard III.

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    Painting Shakespeare

    Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. On view now.

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  • A Snow Globe

    This image of the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, drawn in the 1960s by C. Walter Hodges, uses an optical trick to make the snow stand out more brightly.

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The Infant Shakespeare

This imaginative painting by George Romney (circa 1791–92) resembles a Nativity scene. Learn more from Erin Blake, curator of the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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17th-Century Recipes

Mince pies and a honey-spiced drink called mirth are just two of hundreds of recipes found in a 17th-century handwritten recipe book once owned by Leticia Cromwell.

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Bound to Serve

No marrying, no divulging trade secrets, no playing at dice. Folger fellow Urvashi Chakravarty examines apprenticeship indentures in the Folger collection from the early modern period.

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  • Theresa Rebeck's The Way of the World: on stage Jan. 9

    A new comedy freely adapted from the classic play by William Congreve and featuring Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Present Laughter, A Midsummer Night's Dream). Only 39 performances! "A biting and hilarious satire" (Times Argus).

  • A Poetic Celebration of Reggae: February 5

    Join poets Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair for an evening of poetry celebrating reggae music, including the works of singer/songwriter Bob Marley, the day before what would have been his 73rd birthday. Reception and book signing to follow. Monday, February 5 at 7:30pm.

  • The Music of Hildegard Von Bingen: Feb. 2 & 3

    In the gothic splendor of the Washington National Cathedral, Folger Consort presents a bouquet of soaring and ecstatic melodies of Hildegard, the great 12th-century visionary and composer. Featuring vocal ensemble Trio Eos

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