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[[Folger Shakespeare Library]], opened in 1932, featured the first replica in North America of an Elizabethan theater, a 250-seat space  designed to suggest the innyard playing spaces. Founders [[Henry Clay Folger|Henry Clay]] and [[Emily Jordan Folger]] envisioned it as a place for the performance of the plays in Shakespeare’s style, and the first nationally televised broadcast of a Shakespeare play in the US was [[Julius Caesar (disambiguation)|Julius Caesar]] from the Folger stage in 1949. Folger Theatre produces seasons of Shakespeare, other plays from the period of the Folger’s rare collection, and new work, including commissions, inspired by the period, with award-winning stagings of more than 75 percent of Shakespeare’s canon, as well as classical and Restoration work. Folger Theatre has collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Third Rail Projects and other theaters across the country. Folger Theatre is the recipient of 30 [[Helen Hayes Awards]] including four for Outstanding Resident Production for ''[[Sense and Sensibility (2016)|Sense and Sensibility]]'', ''[[The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Theatre, 2012)|The Taming of the Shrew]]'', ''[[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 2010)|Hamlet]]'', and ''[[Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre, 2006)|Measure for Measure]]''.  
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[[Folger Shakespeare Library]], opened in 1932, featured the first replica in North America of an Elizabethan theater, a 250-seat space  designed to suggest the innyard playing spaces. Founders [[Henry Clay Folger|Henry Clay]] and [[Emily Jordan Folger]] envisioned the [[Elizabethan Theatre]] as a place for the performance of the plays in Shakespeare’s style, and the first nationally televised broadcast of a Shakespeare play in the US was [[Julius Caesar (disambiguation)|Julius Caesar]] from the Folger stage in 1949. Folger Theatre produces seasons of Shakespeare, other plays from the period of the Folger’s rare collection, and new work, including commissions, inspired by the period, with award-winning stagings of more than 75 percent of Shakespeare’s canon, as well as classical and Restoration work. Folger Theatre has collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Third Rail Projects and other theaters across the country. Folger Theatre is the recipient of 30 [[Helen Hayes Awards]] including four for Outstanding Resident Production for ''[[Sense and Sensibility (2016)|Sense and Sensibility]]'', ''[[The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Theatre, 2012)|The Taming of the Shrew]]'', ''[[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 2010)|Hamlet]]'', and ''[[Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre, 2006)|Measure for Measure]]''.  
  
 
Stay up to date with [https://www.facebook.com/FolgerTheatre Folger Theatre on Facebook] or for further information, visit the Folger Theatre blog, [http://spotlight.folger.edu/ The Folger Spotlight]. If you miss a performance, listen to five plays performed by Folger Theatre available as [[Folger Audio Editions]] through Simon & Schuster on audio CD or as a download.
 
Stay up to date with [https://www.facebook.com/FolgerTheatre Folger Theatre on Facebook] or for further information, visit the Folger Theatre blog, [http://spotlight.folger.edu/ The Folger Spotlight]. If you miss a performance, listen to five plays performed by Folger Theatre available as [[Folger Audio Editions]] through Simon & Schuster on audio CD or as a download.
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[[File:2006 Measure for Measure Folger.jpg|200px|right|thumb|Karen Peakes (Isabella), Michele Osherow (Mariana), Ian Merrill Peakes (Angelo), ''Measure for Measure'', directed by Aaron Posner, Folger Theatre, 2006. Carol Pratt.]]
 
[[File:2006 Measure for Measure Folger.jpg|200px|right|thumb|Karen Peakes (Isabella), Michele Osherow (Mariana), Ian Merrill Peakes (Angelo), ''Measure for Measure'', directed by Aaron Posner, Folger Theatre, 2006. Carol Pratt.]]
  
Led since 1991 by Artistic Producer Janet Alexander Griffin, Folger Theatre has staged more than half of the plays in Shakespeare’s [[First Folio]].
 
 
 
Highlights from Folger Theatre’s producing history include numerous [[Helen Hayes Awards]] nominations and wins. Nominees for outstanding resident play:  [[Sense and Sensibility (2016)]]: recipient, [[The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Taming of the Shrew'' (Folger Theatre, 2012)]]: recipient, [[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Hamlet'' (Folger Theatre, 2010)]]: recipient, [[Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Henry VIII'' (Folger Theatre, 2010)]], [[Arcadia (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Arcadia'' (Folger Theatre, 2009)]] [[Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''Macbeth'' (Folger Theatre, 2008)]], [[Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''Measure for Measure'' (Folger Theatre, 2006)]]: recipient, [[The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''The Two Gentlemen of Verona'' (Folger Theatre, 2004)]], [[Melissa Arctic (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''Melissa Arctic'' (Folger Theatre, 2004)]], [[She Stoops to Conquer (Folger Theatre, 2002)|''She Stoops to Conquer'' (Folger Theatre, 2002)]], [[Shakespeare's R & J (Folger Theatre, 2000)|''Shakespeare’s R & J'' (Folger Theatre, 2000)]], [[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Much Ado About Nothing'' (Folger Theatre, 1998)]], and [[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 1997)|''Romeo and Juliet'' (Folger Theatre, 1997)]].
 
Highlights from Folger Theatre’s producing history include numerous [[Helen Hayes Awards]] nominations and wins. Nominees for outstanding resident play:  [[Sense and Sensibility (2016)]]: recipient, [[The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Taming of the Shrew'' (Folger Theatre, 2012)]]: recipient, [[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Hamlet'' (Folger Theatre, 2010)]]: recipient, [[Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Henry VIII'' (Folger Theatre, 2010)]], [[Arcadia (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Arcadia'' (Folger Theatre, 2009)]] [[Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''Macbeth'' (Folger Theatre, 2008)]], [[Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''Measure for Measure'' (Folger Theatre, 2006)]]: recipient, [[The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''The Two Gentlemen of Verona'' (Folger Theatre, 2004)]], [[Melissa Arctic (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''Melissa Arctic'' (Folger Theatre, 2004)]], [[She Stoops to Conquer (Folger Theatre, 2002)|''She Stoops to Conquer'' (Folger Theatre, 2002)]], [[Shakespeare's R & J (Folger Theatre, 2000)|''Shakespeare’s R & J'' (Folger Theatre, 2000)]], [[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Much Ado About Nothing'' (Folger Theatre, 1998)]], and [[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 1997)|''Romeo and Juliet'' (Folger Theatre, 1997)]].
  
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For more information about the Folger Theatre's performance space, read our article on the Folger's [[Elizabethan Theatre]].
 
For more information about the Folger Theatre's performance space, read our article on the Folger's [[Elizabethan Theatre]].
 
===About the Artistic Producer===
 
====Janet Alexander Griffin====
 
As Director of Public Programs, Griffin has established Folger Theatre as a home for creative, contemporary approaches to classic theater. She has produced more than 30 seasons of theater, including the majority of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as the work of many other playwrights; more than 1000 concerts of early music; and a like number of other cultural events. Her leadership of Folger Theatre has seen the theater recognized with 159 nominations and 30 awards for excellence from Washington’s [[Helen Hayes Awards]]. These include four awards for Outstanding Resident Production, for [[Sense and Sensibility (2016)|Sense and Sensibility]] in 2017. Bard Records, created by Griffin, has released 23 titles of music by Folger Consort and others, and Folger Theatre has seven fully dramatized Shakespeare audio books available through Simon and Schuster. Projects commissioned or developed include Lynn Redgrave’s [[Shakespeare for My Father: A Staged Reading by Kathleen Chafant (2013)|Shakespeare for My Father]] and [[Rachel and Juliet: An Evening with Lynn Redgrave (Folger Theatre, 2009)|Rachel and Juliet]]; [[Measure+Dido (2016)|Measure+Dido]], [[The Fairy Queen (2007)|The Fairy Queen]] and other presentations of Baroque music and Shakespeare with Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, and other celebrated artists; Roger Rees’ [[What You Will: By and About the Bard (Folger Theatre, 2007)|What You Will]]; [[The Second Shepherds' Play (2016)|The Second Shepherds’ Play]] adapted by Mary Hall Surface; Aaron Posner’s [[District Merchants]]; Caroline Shaw’s The Tempest; Robert Richmond’s The Gravedigger’s Tale with Louis Butelli; and Confection with Third Rail Projects. She was the first to bring to Washington a Shakespeare’s Globe production and to take Folger programming to London’s Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, as well as other venues in Washington, New York, and California. Other Folger programs stewarded by Griffin are the [[O.B. Hardison Poetry Series|O.B. Hardison Poetry series]]; screenings from the Royal Shakespeare Company; and lectures and readings by theater professionals, early modern scholars, and contemporary literary figures.
 
  
 
===Affiliations===
 
===Affiliations===
 
Folger Theatre employs members of [http://www.actorsequity.org/ Actors' Equity Association], the [http://sdcweb.org/ Stage Directors and Choreographers Society], and [https://www.usa829.org/ United Scenic Artists]. It is a member of [https://bluestarfam.org/resources/family-life/blue-star-theatres/ Blue Star Theatres], [http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/ Cultural Tourism DC],  [http://culturecapital.com/ CulturalCapital], [http://theatrewashington.org/ theatreWashington], [http://www.tcg.org/ Theatre Communications Group], and [http://www.stahome.org/ Shakespeare Theatre Association].
 
Folger Theatre employs members of [http://www.actorsequity.org/ Actors' Equity Association], the [http://sdcweb.org/ Stage Directors and Choreographers Society], and [https://www.usa829.org/ United Scenic Artists]. It is a member of [https://bluestarfam.org/resources/family-life/blue-star-theatres/ Blue Star Theatres], [http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/ Cultural Tourism DC],  [http://culturecapital.com/ CulturalCapital], [http://theatrewashington.org/ theatreWashington], [http://www.tcg.org/ Theatre Communications Group], and [http://www.stahome.org/ Shakespeare Theatre Association].
  
==2021 Season==
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==2022 Season==
Visit the [http://www.folger.edu/box-office Folger Box Office] to order your tickets for the [https://www.folger.edu/subscribe-theatre 2021 season].
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Visit the [http://www.folger.edu/box-office Folger Box Office] to order your tickets for the [https://www.folger.edu/subscribe-theatre 2022 season].
  
*[https://www.folger.edu/events/midsummer-nights-dream-2020 A Midsummer Night's Dream] July 13 – August 29, 2021
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*[https://www.folger.edu/events/midsummer-nights-dream-2020 A Midsummer Night's Dream] July 12 – August 28, 2022
*''[https://www.folger.edu/events/nathan-the-wise Nathan The Wise]''  in association with [https://theaterj.org/ Theater J]
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*''[https://www.folger.edu/events/tempest-2020 The Tempest]'' in collaboration with [https://www.roundhousetheatre.org/ Round House Theatre] Dates TBD
*''[https://www.folger.edu/events/tempest-2020 The Tempest]'' in collaboration with [https://www.roundhousetheatre.org/ Round House Theatre]
 
  
 
==Past seasons==
 
==Past seasons==
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===2020s===
 
===2020s===
  
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*''[[Nathan The Wise]]''  in association with [https://theaterj.org/ Theater J] March 16 – April 10, 2022
 
*''[[The Merry Wives of Windsor (2020)|The Merry Wives of Windsor]]'' January - March, 2020
 
*''[[The Merry Wives of Windsor (2020)|The Merry Wives of Windsor]]'' January - March, 2020
  
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*''[[Sense and Sensibility (2016)|Sense and Sensibility]]'' September - October, 2016
 
*''[[Sense and Sensibility (2016)|Sense and Sensibility]]'' September - October, 2016
  
*[[District Merchants |''District Merchants'']] May 31 - July 3, 2016
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*[[District Merchants |''District Merchants'']] May - July, 2016
  
*[[William_Shakespeare%27s_Long_Lost_First_Play_(abridged)| ''William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)'']]  April 21 - May 8, 2016
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*[[William_Shakespeare%27s_Long_Lost_First_Play_(abridged)| ''William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)'']]  April - May, 2016
  
*[[A_Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream_(Folger_Theatre,_2016) | ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'']] January 26 - March 13, 2016
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*[[A_Midsummer_Night%27s_Dream_(Folger_Theatre,_2016) | ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'']] January - March, 2016
  
*[[Pericles_(Folger_Theatre,_2015) | ''Pericles'']] November 13 - December 20, 2015
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*[[Pericles_(Folger_Theatre,_2015) | ''Pericles'']] November - December, 2015
  
*[[Texts%26beheadings/ElizabethR|''texts&beheadings/ElizabethR'']]  (Compagnia de'Colombari) September 19 - October 4, 2015
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*[[Texts%26beheadings/ElizabethR|''texts&beheadings/ElizabethR'']]  (Compagnia de'Colombari) September - October, 2015
  
*[[Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2015)|''Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'']] May 12- June 28, 2015
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*[[Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2015)|''Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'']] May - June, 2015
  
*[[Mary Stuart (2015)|''Mary Stuart'']] January 27- March 8, 2015
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*[[Mary Stuart (2015)|''Mary Stuart'']] January - March, 2015
  
*[[Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre, 2014)|''Julius Caesar'']] October 28- December 7, 2014
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*[[Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre, 2014)|''Julius Caesar'']] October - December, 2014
  
 
*[[King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014)|''King Lear'']] (Shakespeare's Globe) September 5-21, 2014
 
*[[King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014)|''King Lear'']] (Shakespeare's Globe) September 5-21, 2014
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*[[Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014)|''Hamlet'']] (Shakespeare's Globe) July 25-26, 2014
 
*[[Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014)|''Hamlet'']] (Shakespeare's Globe) July 25-26, 2014
  
*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream: In Concert (2014)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream: In Concert'']]  May 29-June 1, 2014
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*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream: In Concert (2014)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream: In Concert'']]  May - June, 2014
  
*[[Cymbeline (Fiasco Theater, 2014)|''Cymbeline'' (Fiasco Theater)]] May 28-June 1, 2014
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*[[Cymbeline (Fiasco Theater, 2014)|''Cymbeline'']] (Fiasco Theater) May - June, 2014
  
*[[The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Fiasco Theater, 2014)|''The Two Gentlemen of Verona'' (Fiasco Theater)]] April 17-May 25, 2014
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*[[The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Fiasco Theater, 2014)|''The Two Gentlemen of Verona'']] (Fiasco Theater) April - May, 2014
  
*[[Richard III (Folger Theatre, 2014)|''Richard III'' (Folger Theatre, 2014)]] January 28-March 16, 2014
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*[[Richard III (Folger Theatre, 2014)|''Richard III'']] January - March, 2014
  
*[[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Romeo and Juliet'' (Folger Theatre, 2013)]]
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*[[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Romeo and Juliet'']] October - December, 2013
  
*[[Robben Island Bible (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Robben Island Bible'' (Folger Theatre, 2013)]]
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*[[Robben Island Bible (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Robben Island Bible'']] June 3, 2013
  
*[[Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Twelfth Night'' (Folger Theatre, 2013)]]
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*[[Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Twelfth Night'']] April - June, 2013
  
*[[Henry V (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Henry V'' (Folger Theatre, 2013)]]
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*[[Henry V (Folger Theatre, 2013)|''Henry V'']] January - March, 2013
  
*[[The Conference of the Birds (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Conference of the Birds'' (Folger Theatre, 2012)]]
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*[[The Conference of the Birds (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Conference of the Birds'']] October - November, 2012
  
*[[Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe, 2012)|''Hamlet'' (Shakespeare's Globe, 2012)]]
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*[[Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe, 2012)|''Hamlet'']] (Shakespeare's Globe) September 8-22, 2012
  
*[[The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Taming of the Shrew'' (Folger Theatre, 2012)]]
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*[[The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Taming of the Shrew'']] May - June, 2012
  
*[[The Gaming Table (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Gaming Table'' (Folger Theatre, 2012)]]
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*[[The Gaming Table (Folger Theatre, 2012)|''The Gaming Table'']] January - March, 2012
  
*[[Othello (Folger Theatre, 2011)|''Othello'' (Folger Theatre, 2011)]]
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*[[Othello (Folger Theatre, 2011)|''Othello'']] October - December, 2011
  
*[[Cyrano (Folger Theatre, 2011)|''Cyrano'' (Folger Theatre, 2011)]]
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*[[Cyrano (Folger Theatre, 2011)|''Cyrano'']] April - June, 2011
  
*[[The Comedy of Errors (Folger Theatre, 2011)|''The Comedy of Errors'' (Folger Theatre, 2011)]]
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*[[The Comedy of Errors (Folger Theatre, 2011)|''The Comedy of Errors'']] January - March, 2011
  
*[[Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Henry VIII'' (Folger Theatre, 2010)]]
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*[[Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Henry VIII'']] October - November, 2010
  
*[[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Hamlet'' (Folger Theatre, 2010)]]
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*[[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Hamlet'']] April - June, 2010
  
*[[Orestes, A Tragic Romp (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Orestes, A Tragic Romp'' (Folger Theatre, 2010)]]
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*[[Orestes, A Tragic Romp (Folger Theatre, 2010)|''Orestes, A Tragic Romp'']] January - March, 2010
  
 
===2000s===
 
===2000s===
  
*[[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Much Ado About Nothing'' (Folger Theatre, 2009)]]
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*[[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Much Ado About Nothing'']] October - November, 2009
  
*[[Arcadia (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Arcadia'' (Folger Theatre, 2009)]]
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*[[Arcadia (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Arcadia'']] May - June, 2009
  
*[[Rachel and Juliet: An Evening with Lynn Redgrave (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Rachel and Juliet: An Evening with Lynn Redgrave'' (Folger Theatre, 2009)]]
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*[[Rachel and Juliet: An Evening with Lynn Redgrave (Folger Theatre, 2009)|''Rachel and Juliet: An Evening with Lynn Redgrave'']] April 10-12, 2009
  
*[[The Winter's Tale (Folger Theatre, 2009)| ''The Winter's Tale'' (Folger Theatre, 2009)]]
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*[[The Winter's Tale (Folger Theatre, 2009)| ''The Winter's Tale'']] January - March, 2009
  
*[[1 Henry IV (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''1 Henry IV'' (Folger Theatre, 2008)]]
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*[[1 Henry IV (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''1 Henry IV'']] October - November, 2008
  
*[[The School for Scandal (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''The School for Scandal'' (Folger Theatre, 2008)]]
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*[[The School for Scandal (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''The School for Scandal'']] May - June, 2008
  
*[[Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''Macbeth'' (Folger Theatre, 2008)]]
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*[[Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2008)|''Macbeth'']] February - April, 2008
  
*[[As You Like It (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''As You Like It'' (Folger Theatre, 2007)]]
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*[[As You Like It (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''As You Like It'']] October - November, 2007
  
*[[The Tempest (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''The Tempest'' (Folger Theatre, 2007)]]
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*[[The Tempest (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''The Tempest'']] May - June, 2007
  
*[[What You Will: By and About the Bard (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''What You Will: By and About the Bard'' (Folger Theatre, 2007)]]
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*[[What You Will: By and About the Bard (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''What You Will: By and About the Bard'']] March - April, 2007
  
*[[365 Days / 365 Plays: Suzan-Lori Parks Project (2007)|''365 Days / 365 Plays'': Suzan-Lori Parks Project (2007)]]
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*[[365 Days / 365 Plays: Suzan-Lori Parks Project (2007)|''365 Days / 365 Plays'': Suzan-Lori Parks Project]]
  
*[[King Lear (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''King Lear'' (Folger Theatre, 2007)]]
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*[[King Lear (Folger Theatre, 2007)|''King Lear'']] January - February, 2007
  
*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' (Folger Theatre, 2006)]]
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*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'']] October - November, 2006
  
*[[The Game of Love and Chance (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''The Game of Love and Chance'' (Folger Theatre, 2006)]]
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*[[The Game of Love and Chance (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''The Game of Love and Chance'']] April - May, 2006
  
*[[Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''Measure for Measure'' (Folger Theatre, 2006)]]
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*[[Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre, 2006)|''Measure for Measure'']] January - February, 2006
  
*[[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 2005)|''Much Ado About Nothing'' (Folger Theatre, 2005)]]
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*[[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 2005)|''Much Ado About Nothing'']] October - November, 2005
  
*[[The Clandestine Marriage (Folger Theatre, 2005)|''The Clandestine Marriage'' (Folger Theatre, 2005)]]
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*[[The Clandestine Marriage (Folger Theatre, 2005)|''The Clandestine Marriage'']] April - May, 2005
  
*[[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 2005)|''Romeo and Juliet'' (Folger Theatre, 2005)]]
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*[[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 2005)|''Romeo and Juliet'']] January - February, 2005
  
*[[The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''The Two Gentlemen of Verona'' (Folger Theatre, 2004)]]
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*[[The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''The Two Gentlemen of Verona'']] November - December, 2004
  
*[[The Comedy of Errors (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''The Comedy of Errors'' (Folger Theatre, 2004)]]
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*[[The Comedy of Errors (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''The Comedy of Errors'']] April - May, 2004
  
*[[Melissa Arctic (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''Melissa Arctic'' (Folger Theatre, 2004)]]
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*[[Melissa Arctic (Folger Theatre, 2004)|''Melissa Arctic'']] January - February, 2004
  
*[[All's Well That Ends Well (Folger Theatre, 2003)|''All's Well That Ends Well'' (Folger Theatre, 2003)]]
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*[[All's Well That Ends Well (Folger Theatre, 2003)|''All's Well That Ends Well'']] October - November, 2003
  
*[[Elizabeth the Queen (Folger Theatre, 2003)|''Elizabeth the Queen'' (Folger Theatre, 2003)]]
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*[[Elizabeth the Queen (Folger Theatre, 2003)|''Elizabeth the Queen'']] March - May, 2003
  
*[[Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre, 2003)|''Twelfth Night'' (Folger Theatre, 2003)]]
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*[[Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre, 2003)|''Twelfth Night'']] January - February, 2003
  
*[[Love's Labor's Lost (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 2002)|''Love's Labor's Lost'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 2002)]]
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*[[Love's Labor's Lost (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 2002)|''Love's Labor's Lost'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) November - December, 2002
  
*[[Othello (Folger Theatre, 2002)|''Othello'' (Folger Theatre, 2002)]]
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*[[Othello (Folger Theatre, 2002)|''Othello'']] May - June, 2002
  
*[[She Stoops to Conquer (Folger Theatre, 2002)|''She Stoops to Conquer'' (Folger Theatre, 2002)]]
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*[[She Stoops to Conquer (Folger Theatre, 2002)|''She Stoops to Conquer'']] February - March, 2002
  
*[[Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2001)|''Macbeth'' (Folger Theatre, 2001)]]
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*[[Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2001)|''Macbeth'']] October - December, 2001
  
*[[As You Like It (Folger Theatre, 2001)|''As You Like It'' (Folger Theatre, 2001)]]
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*[[As You Like It (Folger Theatre, 2001)|''As You Like It'']] May - June, 2001
  
*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 2001)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 2001)]]
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*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 2001)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) February - March, 2001
  
*[[The Tempest (Folger Theatre, 2000)|''The Tempest'' (Folger Theatre, 2000)]]
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*[[The Tempest (Folger Theatre, 2000)|''The Tempest'']] October - December, 2000
  
*[[Julius Caesar (Aquila Theater Company, 2000)|''Julius Caesar'' (Aquila Theater Company, 2000)]]
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*[[Julius Caesar (Aquila Theater Company, 2000)|''Julius Caesar'']] (Aquila Theater Company) May - June, 2000
  
*[[Shakespeare's R & J (Folger Theatre, 2000)|''Shakespeare's R & J'' (Folger Theatre, 2000)]]
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*[[Shakespeare's R & J (Folger Theatre, 2000)|''Shakespeare's R & J'']] February - March, 2000
  
 
===1990s===
 
===1990s===
  
*[[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 1999)|''Hamlet'' (Folger Theatre, 1999)]]
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*[[Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 1999)|''Hamlet'']] October - December, 1999
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*[[The Night of the Burning Pestle (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1999)|''The Night of the Burning Pestle'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) May - June, 1999
  
*[[The Night of the Burning Pestle (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1999)|''The Night of the Burning Pestle'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1999)]]
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*[[Macbeth (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1999)|''Macbeth'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) May - June, 1999
  
*[[Macbeth (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1999)|''Macbeth'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1999)]]
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*[[The Dresser (Folger Theatre, 1999)|''The Dresser'']] April - May, 1999
  
*[[The Dresser (Folger Theatre, 1999)|''The Dresser'' (Folger Theatre, 1999)]]
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*[[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Much Ado About Nothing'']] November - December, 1998
  
*[[Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Much Ado About Nothing'' (Folger Theatre, 1998)]]
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*[[The Taming of the Shrew (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)|''The Taming of the Shrew'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) June - July, 1998
  
*[[The Taming of the Shrew (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)|''The Taming of the Shrew'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)]]
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*[[Richard III (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)|''Richard III'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) June - July, 1998
  
*[[Richard III (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)|''Richard III'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)]]
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*[[Measure for Measure (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)|''Measure for Measure'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) June - July, 1998
  
*[[Measure for Measure (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)|''Measure for Measure'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1998)]]
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*[[Mad About the Bard (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Mad About the Bard'']] May 13-31, 1998
  
*[[Mad About the Bard (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Mad About the Bard'' (Folger Theatre, 1998)]]
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*[[Casting Juliet/Playing Othello (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Casting Juliet/Playing Othello'']] January - February, 1998
  
*[[Casting Juliet/Playing Othello (Folger Theatre, 1998)|''Casting Juliet/Playing Othello'' (Folger Theatre, 1998)]]
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*[[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 1997)|''Romeo and Juliet'']] November - December, 1997
  
*[[Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 1997)|''Romeo and Juliet'' (Folger Theatre, 1997)]]
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*[[Love's Labor's Lost (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)|''Love's Labor's Lost'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) May - June, 1997
  
*[[Love's Labor's Lost (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)|''Love's Labor's Lost'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)]]
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*[[Henry IV, Part I (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)|''Henry IV, Part I'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) May - June, 1997
  
*[[Henry IV, Part I (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)|''Henry IV, Part I'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)]]
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*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) May - June, 1997
  
*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1997)]]
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*[[Ordo Virtutum (1997)|''Ordo Virtutum'']] January 10-11, 1997
  
*[[Ordo Virtutum (1997)|''Ordo Virtutum'' (1997)]]
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*[[A Child's Christmas in Wales and Other Lands (Interact Theatre Company, 1996)|''A Child's Christmas in Wales and Other Lands'']] (Interact Theatre Company) November - December, 1996
  
*[[A Child's Christmas in Wales and Other Lands (Interact Theatre Company, 1996)|''A Child's Christmas in Wales and Other Lands'' (Interact Theatre Company, 1996)]]
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*[[As You Like It (Interact Theatre Company, 1996)|''As You Like It'']] (Interact Theatre Company) April - May, 1996
  
*[[As You Like It (Interact Theatre Company, 1996)|''As You Like It'' (Interact Theatre Company, 1996)]]
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*[[Njinga the Queen King (Folger Theatre, 1996)|''Njinga the Queen King'']] February 8-18, 1996
  
*[[Njinga the Queen King (Folger Theatre, 1996)|''Njinga the Queen King'' (Folger Theatre, 1996)]]
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*[[Standup Shakespeare (Folger Theatre, 1995)|''Standup Shakespeare'']] November 7-19, 1995
  
*[[Standup Shakespeare (Folger Theatre, 1995)|''Standup Shakespeare'' (Folger Theatre, 1995)]]
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*[[The Merchant of Venice (Source Theatre Company, 1995)|''The Merchant of Venice'']] (Source Theatre Company) June 3-25, 1995
  
*[[The Merchant of Venice (Source Theatre Company, 1995)|''The Merchant of Venice'' (Source Theatre Company, 1995)]]
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*[[Private Lives (with Interact Theatre Company, 1995)|''Private Lives'']] (with Interact Theatre Company) February - March, 1995
  
*[[Private Lives (with Interact Theatre Company, 1995)|''Private Lives'' (with Interact Theatre Company, 1995)]]
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*[[Richard III (with the Travelling Shakespeare Company, 1995)|''Richard III'']] (with The Travelling Shakespeare Company) January 11-29, 1995
  
*[[Richard III (with the Travelling Shakespeare Company, 1995)|''Richard III'' (with the Travelling Shakespeare Company, 1995)]]
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*[[The Snow Queen (The Hudson Vagabond Puppets, 1994)|''The Snow Queen'']] (The Hudson Vagabond Puppets) December 9-11, 1994
  
*[[The Snow Queen (The Hudson Vagabond Puppets, 1994)|''The Snow Queen'' (The Hudson Vagabond Puppets, 1994)]]
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*[[The History of America (abridged) (The Reduced Shakespeare Company, 1994)|''The History of America (abridged)'']] (The Reduced Shakespeare Company) November - December, 1994
  
*[[The History of America (abridged) (The Reduced Shakespeare Company, 1994)|''The History of America (abridged)'' (The Reduced Shakespeare Company, 1994)]]
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*[[Shakespearean Women: A Theatre Festival (Folger Theatre, 1994)|''Shakespearean Women: A Theatre Festival'']] October - November, 1994
  
*[[Shakespearean Women: A Theatre Festival (Folger Theatre, 1994)|''Shakespearean Women: A Theatre Festival'' (Folger Theatre, 1994)]]
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*[[Standup Shakespeare (Folger Theatre, 1994)|''Standup Shakespeare'']] (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) March 18 - April 2, 1994
  
*[[Romeo and Juliet (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)|''Romeo and Juliet'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)]]
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*[[Romeo and Juliet (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)|''Romeo and Juliet'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) June - July, 1993
  
*[[Antony and Cleopatra (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)|''Antony and Cleopatra'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)]]
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*[[Antony and Cleopatra (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)|''Antony and Cleopatra'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) June - July, 1993
  
*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)]]
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*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, 1993)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'']] (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) June - July, 1993
  
*[[Joyicity (Folger Theatre, 1993)|''Joyicity'' (Folger Theatre, 1993)]]
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*[[Joyicity (Folger Theatre, 1993)|''Joyicity'']] June 10-12, 1993
  
*[[Suppliant Women (with Stanford University, 1993)|''Suppliant Women'' (with Stanford University, 1993)]]
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*[[Suppliant Women (with Stanford University, 1993)|''Suppliant Women'']] (with Stanford University) April 13-16, 1993
  
*[[My Astonishing Self (Folger Theatre, 1993)|''My Astonishing Self'' (Folger Theatre, 1993)]]
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*[[My Astonishing Self (Folger Theatre, 1993)|''My Astonishing Self'']] March 2, 1993
  
*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Travelling Shakespeare Company, 1993)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' (The Travelling Shakespeare Company, 1993)]]
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*[[A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Travelling Shakespeare Company, 1993)|''A Midsummer Night's Dream'']] (The Travelling Shakespeare Company) February 2-8, 1993
  
*[[The Cure of Troy (with the SCENA Theatre, 1992)|''The Cure of Troy'' (with the SCENA Theatre, 1992)]]
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*[[The Cure of Troy (with the SCENA Theatre, 1992)|''The Cure of Troy'']] (with SCENA Theatre) June 4, 1992
  
*[[Reminiscences of the Redgrave Family on the Shakespearean Stage (Folger Shakespeare Library, 1991)|''Reminiscences of the Redgrave Family on the Shakespearean Stage'' (Folger Shakespeare Library, 1991)]]
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*[[Reminiscences of the Redgrave Family on the Shakespearean Stage (Folger Shakespeare Library, 1991)|''Reminiscences of the Redgrave Family on the Shakespearean Stage'']] December 3, 1991
  
 
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Folger Shakespeare Library, opened in 1932, featured the first replica in North America of an Elizabethan theater, a 250-seat space  designed to suggest the innyard playing spaces. Founders Henry Clay and Emily Jordan Folger envisioned the Elizabethan Theatre as a place for the performance of the plays in Shakespeare’s style, and the first nationally televised broadcast of a Shakespeare play in the US was Julius Caesar from the Folger stage in 1949. Folger Theatre produces seasons of Shakespeare, other plays from the period of the Folger’s rare collection, and new work, including commissions, inspired by the period, with award-winning stagings of more than 75 percent of Shakespeare’s canon, as well as classical and Restoration work. Folger Theatre has collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Third Rail Projects and other theaters across the country. Folger Theatre is the recipient of 30 Helen Hayes Awards including four for Outstanding Resident Production for Sense and Sensibility, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and Measure for Measure.

Stay up to date with Folger Theatre on Facebook or for further information, visit the Folger Theatre blog, The Folger Spotlight. If you miss a performance, listen to five plays performed by Folger Theatre available as Folger Audio Editions through Simon & Schuster on audio CD or as a download.

About Folger Theatre

Karen Peakes (Isabella), Michele Osherow (Mariana), Ian Merrill Peakes (Angelo), Measure for Measure, directed by Aaron Posner, Folger Theatre, 2006. Carol Pratt.

Highlights from Folger Theatre’s producing history include numerous Helen Hayes Awards nominations and wins. Nominees for outstanding resident play: Sense and Sensibility (2016): recipient, The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Theatre, 2012): recipient, Hamlet (Folger Theatre, 2010): recipient, Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, 2010), Arcadia (Folger Theatre, 2009) Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2008), Measure for Measure (Folger Theatre, 2006): recipient, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre, 2004), Melissa Arctic (Folger Theatre, 2004), She Stoops to Conquer (Folger Theatre, 2002), Shakespeare’s R & J (Folger Theatre, 2000), Much Ado About Nothing (Folger Theatre, 1998), and Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre, 1997).

In collaboration, Folger Theatre produced with The Classical Theatre of Harlem a sell-out King Lear (Folger Theatre, 2007) starring André DeShields, with Two River Theater Company staged two productions—a magical Macbeth (Folger Theatre, 2008) co-directed by Teller and Aaron Posner and the world premiere of Anne Washburn’s adaptation Orestes, A Tragic Romp (Folger Theatre, 2010)— and with Fiasco Theatre produced The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Fiasco Theater, 2014). Folger Theatre has also partnered with Shakespeare's Globe, London to mount productions of Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe, 2012), Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014), and King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe, 2014).

Exhibitions at the Folger inspire memorable productions like David Garrick’s The Clandestine Marriage (Folger Theatre, 2005), Maxwell Anderson’s Elizabeth the Queen (Folger Theatre, 2003) which starred Michael Learned, and Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, 2010). Cross-disciplinary projects with Folger Consort—such as The Second Shepherds' Play: A Medieval Mystery for the Yuletide Season (2007, 2016), Brave New World: Music of the Tempest (2014), Measure+Dido (2016), and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (2007) with Sir Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, and Lynn Redgrave—take advantage of the Folger’s unique resources. Folger Theatre not only produces Shakespeare’s classics but is also a stage for new plays, including Theresa Rebeck The Way of the World, Texts&beheadings/ElizabethR, the Reduced Shakespeare Company's William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged), Roger Rees’ What You Will: By and About the Bard (Folger Theatre, 2007) and Lynn Redgrave’s Shakespeare for My Father (Folger Shakespeare Library, 1991) and Rachel and Juliet: An Evening with Lynn Redgrave (Folger Theatre, 2009).

For more information about the Folger Theatre's performance space, read our article on the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.

Affiliations

Folger Theatre employs members of Actors' Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists. It is a member of Blue Star Theatres, Cultural Tourism DC, CulturalCapital, theatreWashington, Theatre Communications Group, and Shakespeare Theatre Association.

2022 Season

Visit the Folger Box Office to order your tickets for the 2022 season.

Past seasons

2020s

2010s

  • King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe) September 5-21, 2014
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe) July 25-26, 2014
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare's Globe) September 8-22, 2012

2000s

1990s

  • Hamlet October - December, 1999
  • Macbeth (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) May - June, 1999
  • Richard III (Shenandoah Shakespeare Express) June - July, 1998
  • Private Lives (with Interact Theatre Company) February - March, 1995
  • Richard III (with The Travelling Shakespeare Company) January 11-29, 1995