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    Antony and Cleopatra

    How does Antony and Cleopatra encompass the public and private desires of one of history’s most famous pairs of lovers? Dramaturg Michelle Osherow offers insights into Shakespeare’s tragedy, onstage Oct 10–Nov 19.

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  • A New Discovery

    Thanks to a Folger manuscript transcription project, scholars now know that written usage of “white lie” dates back to 1567, nearly two centuries older than previously thought. The Oxford English Dictionary has updated its entry based on new findings from Shakespeare’s World, the Folger’s crowd-sourcing collaboration with Zooniverse and the OED.

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    Shakespeare in Swahililand

    Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o, the renowned Kenyan playwright, novelist, dissident, and social activist, discusses Shakespeare’s influence on East Africa’s politics, history, and literary culture on the latest episode of the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

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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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  • Before Farm to Table

    The Folger Shakespeare Library has been awarded a four-year, $1.5 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a collaborative research project, Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

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Imogen Entering the Cave of Belarius

This painting by Richard Westall depicts Imogen, the heroine of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline, entering a cave. Learn more from Erin Blake, curator of the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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SHAKESPEARE’S CONTEMPORARIES

Thomas Nashe

Thomas Nashe was one of the dominant literary voices in Elizabethan England, collaborating on plays with William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe. View some of his works on A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama (EMED).

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FROM THE BLOGS

King Lear Retold

Dunbar, a new book by Edward St. Aubyn that retells King Lear, is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which authors re-imagine Shakespeare plays as novels. In St. Aubyn's story, Lear is an aging media mogul betrayed by his daughters.

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Our collections, spanning history from the Renaissance onward, and our educational and public programs support the value of pluralism and an open society in which all people contribute and all are treated with respect.
  • Antony and Cleopatra: Now on stage

    History's greatest love story. Shakespeare's epic tale of power, passion, and politics is presented in-the-round providing greater intimacy to all of the action in Rome and in Egypt. Featuring Cody Nickell and Shirine Babb.

  • Subscribe to our 2017/18 season

    Join us for a season of power, passion, and politics—and receive all the benefits that come with being a Folger Theatre subscriber. Our 2017/18 season includes Antony and Cleopatra, Theresa Rebeck's new comedy The Way of the World, The Winter's Tale, and a special engagement of Bedlam's acclaimed production of Saint Joan.

  • Poets Phillis Levin & John Burnside: Oct. 23

    The 49th season of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series features the most prestigious poets from around the globe. The first reading of the 2017/18 season brings together Scottish poet John Burnside and Phillis Levin. Monday, October 23 at 7:30pm. Reception and signing to follow. 

  • Early Music of Germany: Dec. 15 - 23

    Celebrate the holiday season with festive and sacred music from Praetorius, Schütz, and other German masters. Featuring viol consort Arcadia Viols and vocal ensemble Cathedra.

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