Editors' pick

Folger Theatre

See distinguished drama in a thoroughly Shakespearean setting.
(Capitol Hill)
Capitol South (Blue and Orange lines), Union Station (Red Line)

The Institute of Heraldry: Guardians of our National Symbolic Heritage

A lecture about modern heraldry and heraldry in England during Shakespeare's time.
Through 9/21

King Lear

Joseph Marcell stars in Shakespeare's Globe's staging of the Bard's tragedy in which a weary king gives up his duties and goes mad.
9/26 - 9/28

Courting Elizabeth: Music and Patronage in Shakespeare's England

The Folger Consort musicians are joined by viol consort Arcadia Viols and tenor James Taylor as they perform dances for five viols and lute by John Dowland, Tobias Hume's lyra viol pieces and lute ayers and consort songs from Shakespeare's era.
10/28 - 12/7

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's tragedy about the assassinated Roman dictator is staged.
12/16 - 12/23

A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500

The Folger Consort performs holiday music by Ockeghem, Josquin, Obrecht and Compere, as well as music from Northern Italy and France.

Editorial Review

This small, 250-seat theater was built inside the Folger Shakespeare Library as a replica of an inn-yard theater of Shakespeare's time, with "Juliet windows" on the stage and painted timber construction decorated with animals and Tudor roses. The overhead canopy is lit from behind to suggest the open-air theater construction of 17th-century England and painted with the famous "all the world's a stage" lines.

The Helen Hayes Award-winning Folger Theatre annually performs a three-play season of Shakespeare as well as contemporary plays inspired by the Bard in the intimate playhouse. Among the actors who have performed at the Folger are Sir Derek Jacobi, Lynn Redgrave, Sir Ian MacKellan, Dame Diana Rigg, as well as many of Washington's most beloved actors. Since 1994, Janet Alexander Griffin has served as Artistic Producer; she is also head of the Folger's Education and Public Programs. the library also invites outside companies, like the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, to perform here too. In addition to Folger Theatre productions, the Folger stage is also host to two of the nation;s finest literary series, Folger Poetry and PEN/Faulkner, and the library's early music ensemeble, the Folger Consort. Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library is a major center for scholary research and a lively venue for exhibitions, cultural programs, and the performing arts. Believing Shakespeare is for everyone, it annually serves throusands of students in K-12 through festivals, workshops, publication and web site.

A gift to the American people from Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily Jordan Folger, the Folger opened in April 1932. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.