• Steve Zylius

    Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture

    Join us for the annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture, presented this year by Julia Reinhard Lupton on Shakespeare’s virtues, with Folger Theatre actor Eric Hissom. Mon, Apr 23, 7pm. Free, reservations requested.

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  • Emily Jordan Folger Children’s Shakespeare Festival

    Over the next few weeks, hundreds of elementary school students will come to the Folger to participate in workshops and perform abbreviated versions of Macbeth on the Folger stage. Support the Folger’s work bringing Shakespeare to the next generation.

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  • Jennifer Masada

    Greg Prickman Named Folger Librarian

    Greg Prickman, head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been named Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections at the Folger.

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  • Lear (Antony Sher) with Gloucester (David Troughton) in King Lear, 2016. Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC

    Antony Sher

    Antony Sher talks about playing Lear and the Fool—the only actor in the RSC’s history to play both, plus his Olivier Award-winning turns as Falstaff and Richard III. Listen on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

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  • Yassine El Mansouri Photography

    Beyond Words

    See this illustration of lettuce from a 16th-century herbal and the woodblock used to print it in the Folger exhibition Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare. Learn more about the history of the technology of printing. Feb 24 – Jun 3

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Reconstructing the Globe

Replicas of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre have popped up around the world. Learn more about this trend and what’s driving it.

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Pocket Herbals

This guide to the medicinal qualities of plants, published in a London in 1606, is filled with recipes for remedies and creative doodles. Katarzyna Lecky writes about this little book on The Collation.

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A Problem of Geography in The Winter’s Tale

Dig into the source material for The Winter’s Tale, the world's first modern atlas, and some 1856 costume designs from the Folger collection.

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  • Shakespeare's romantic tale: Through Sunday only!

    Aaron Posner directs Shakespeare's spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy, redemption—and one pursuant bear—celebrating the magic of story-telling and the power of forgiveness. On stage through April 22 only.

  • Shakespeare's Birthday: Open House on April 22

    Happy birthday, William Shakespeare! Join us for a day full of free performances, demonstrations, Elizabethan crafts, and much more, including birthday cake served by the Queen. From 12-4pm. Learn about our special, one-day BOGO ticket offer to Folger events.

  • Music of the French Baroque: Apr. 27-29

    Folger Consort's final performances of the 2017/18 season feature cantatas by Monteclair and Rameau based on Ovid's Metamorphoses, along with delightful instrumental works by Telemann, Bach, and others. With acclaimed soprano Rosa Lamoreaux.

  • Poet Carolyn Forché reads on April 30

    The award-winning poet, whose famed anthology, Against Forgetting, was praised by Nelson Mandela as "itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice" reads from her work on Monday, April 30 at 7:30pm. Reception and book-sgning will follow.

  • Saint Joan: on stage May 12th

    Four actors. Twenty-five roles. Led by director Eric Tucker (Sense and Sensibility), Bedlam's riveting production of Shaw's classic play on the martyred heroine of France has been called "a rare and rich treat ... a production to be treasured" (The New York Times). Now extended through June 10!

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