Because everyone deserves the real thing—in its infinite variety!
Dr. Michael Witmore: Prospero’s Books
A Renaissance book of magic answers, what would it be like to be someone like Prospero?
Understanding Race and Religion through Othello
What can this tragedy teach us about race and religion?
Editing Macbeth: Issues an Editor Faces
What does it mean to edit Macbeth, and what are some of the issues at stake in this work?
Dr. Kim Hall’s lecture “Othello Was My Grandfather: Shakespeare in the African Diaspora”
Find out what’s wrong with calling Shakespeare “universal.”
Shakespeare and Religion
How did Shakespeare treat the religious divisions of his time?
James Shapiro on Shakespeare in a Divided America
Does Shakespeare tie Americans together or drive us apart? Glimpse into James Shapiro’s groundbreaking book.
Emma Smith: This Is Shakespeare
Hear one scholar’s argument for why there’s no right way to interpret Shakespeare. And explore gaps in Twelfth Night and other plays.
Stephen Greenblatt: Shakespeare’s Life Stories
Professor Stephen Greenblatt explores this question: Is life a story that can and must be told?
The History of Shakespeare in American Schools
How did Shakespeare go from popular entertainment to classroom staple?
Invitation from a Black Shakespearean
“You see, I am a black woman who teaches and writes about William Shakespeare, and I am also someone who teaches and writes about issues of race.”
The Year of Lear
What made 1606 such a critical year in Shakespeare’s creative career?
Whiteness: A Primer for Understanding Shakespeare, with Dr. Ian Smith
“Whiteness is everywhere implied but nowhere acknowledged.”
Fly through the Folger Shakespeare Library
Take a virtual tour of the historic Folger building on Capitol Hill!
LUNA: The Folger Digital Image Collection
Online access to over 100,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection!
From the Folger Vault: Explore the 1609 Printing of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Learn about the 1609 printing of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
DIY First Folio: The Tempest
Download, print, and fold your own First Folio version of The Tempest!
The “Cranach Hamlet”
Get up close with a beautifully illustrated art book that presents a startling link between Shakespeare and the twentieth-century clash of nations.
Read a Folger First Folio
Think you have to visit the Folger vault to page through a First Folio from 1623? Think again. Read Folger Folio no. 68.
Inside the Collection: A Shakespeare Forgery
See one of the most shocking items in the Folger collection!
Inside the Collection: Northcote’s Painting of Romeo and Juliet
Get up close to an outsized painting of an outsized dramatic moment.
A “Must-see” 1 Henry IV at Folger Theatre
Peek into a recent production of this epic history play!
Joss Whedon’s Shakespeare Story
A Hollywood director shares his Shakespeare story with the Folger.
Is Shakespeare’s Othello a metaphor for the experience of black men in America today? Keith Hamilton Cobb thinks so.
Kenny Leon on Much Ado About Nothing
How do Shakespeare’s comedies speak to our present moment, and what does Much Ado have to do with race in America?
Craig Wallace’s Shakespeare Story
How did Craig Wallace become so attached to Shakespeare?
A Look at District Merchants, a retelling of The Merchant of Venice
Glimpse into an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice that asks, “What if?”
Green-eyed Monster, a Scene from Othello 3.3
Watch Folger actors perform a key scene from this tragedy.
Folger Theatre’s Twelfth Night
The cast of Folger’s 2013 Twelfth Night tells the story of this upside-down play and their playful production.
Why Do Fabulously Creative People Like Shakespeare?
What do an internet pioneer, two theater-makers, and a scholar of rhetoric all have in common?