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Past Events

Many events have been hosted previously at the Folger Shakespeare Library. HistoryGuide currently has 57 past event listings in its database, shown below.

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Thys Boke is Myne. 202-544-7077.
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Twelfth Night (or What You Will). Shakespeare's comedy about disguised and misled lovers. Sign interpreted performance Sunday, January 19: 2 pm (matinee). No ma… (Performance - Theater) 202-544-7077.
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Elizabeth the Queen. Event category: Performance - Theater. 202-544-7077.
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Cyrano. This romance of 17th-century swashbuckling France endures as Cyrano uses his gift for wit and wordplay to help his tongue-tied f… (Performance - Theater) 202-544-7077.
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Here is a Play Fitted. Explore how staging Shakespeare has changed over the past 400 years. More than 100 items highlight broad shifts in the stage pro… (Arts - Artifact Exhibit)
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Shakespeare's the Thing. Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, this exhibition presents a miscellany of treasures in the Folger collectio… (Arts - Artifact Exhibit)
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Decoding the Renaissance. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produ… (Arts - Artifact Exhibit) 202-544-4600.
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Antony and Cleopatra. Torn between his military duty to Rome and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself engaged in both war a… (Performance - Theater)
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The Way of The World. Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage - a $600 million inheritance. A comedy of manners...with no manners at a… (Performance - Theater)
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The Winter's Tale. Convinced of his wife's unfaithfulness, with his friend Polixenes, Leontes plots murder, subjects Hermione, great with child, to… (Performance - Theater)
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Macbeth. Adapted & amended by Sir William Davenant. With music by John Eccles and others performed by Folger Consort. Shakespeare's murde… (Performance - Musical)
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Love's Labor's Lost. A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. (Performance - Theater)
03/21/11 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series: Mary Karr and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. Mary Karr, author of The Liar's Club, and more recently, Lit, reads from her poetry works, alongside Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, a… (Performance - Staged Reading) 202-544-7077.
03/25/11 PEN / Faulkner Reading Series: Victor LaValle and Joshua Ferris. Joshua Ferris, whose previous book Then We Came to the End was a finalist for the National Book Award, will read from his curren… (Community - Book Club / Book Talk) 202-544-7077.
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Fete d'Ete. Folger Consort performs music of 17th and 18th century France, including elegant and virtuosic instrumental music and witty and… (Arts - Concerts) 202-544-7077.
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Map of the World: Music from 13th and 15th-Century Spain. History's first song cycle - the Seven Songs of Love by Martim Codax - and a mass by Juan Cornago based on a popular song about… (Arts - Concert - Classical / Symphony) 202-544-7077.
09/30/13 District of Literature. A day-long festival reflecting DC's literary past, present, and future and showcasing the work of Washington, DC's resident poet… (Festivals) 202-544-7077.
10/12/13 Shake Up Your Saturday: Designing Shakespeare. Children and parents are invited to join our junior production team as we plot and play our way through the Folger's latest exhi… (Kids - Children's Activities) 202-675-0395.
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Romeo and Juliet. The perfect poetry of Shakespeare's tragedy reveals the heart-breaking los of "star-crossed" love. Helen Hayes Award-winning dir… (Performance - Theater) 202-544-7077.
09/06/14 Shake Up Your Saturdays: All in the Family. Discover how people, including Shakespeare himself, used heraldry to describe their family history. This program is recommended… (Kids - Children's Activities) 202-675-0395.
11/21/14 Poets Respond to Julius Caesar. Local poets Hayes Davis and Joshua Weiner respond to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. (Performance) 202-544-7077.
10/19/15 Replacement Lives: David Bezmozgis, Boris Fishman & Lara Vapnyar In Conversation. In the first event of the 2015-16 PEN/Faulkner reading series, acclaimed novelists David Bezmozgis, Boris Fishman and Lara Vapny… (Community - Lecture)
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Family Event: Supernatural Shakespeare. This program encourages families to experience Shakespeare's language together. "Eye of newt and toe of frog!" Get spooky with S… (Kids - Children's Activities) 202-544-4600.
10/10/17 Antony and Cleopatra. Torn between his military duty to Rome and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself engaged in both war a… (Performance - Theater)
10/12/17 Tempesta di Mare: Telemann 360. (Re)discover Baroque Germany's favorite composer, Georg Philipp Telemann, through and ear-opening performance by Philadelphia's… (Arts - Concerts)
10/23/17 Phillis Levin and John Burnside: Words Wanting to be Said. Poetry at the Folger begins its 49th season with two distinguished poets reading from their work. Reading together for the first… (Educational - Poetry Reading)
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Family Event: By Tale or History. This program encourages families to experience Shakespeare's language together. Explore Shakespeare's history plays with his mea… (Kids - Children's Activities) 202-544-4600.
11/06/17 Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Mike White: Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Prize judge Gjertrud Schackenberg reads with 2017 Award winner Mike White. (Educational - Poetry Reading)
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Family Event: I Take My Leave. This program encourages families to experience Shakespeare's language together. "Parting is such sweet sorrow"... or is it? Prac… (Kids - Children's Activities) 202-544-4600.
12/08/17 PEN/Malamud Award: Jhumpa Lahiri. Jhumpa Lahiri is honored for excellence in short fiction at the annual ceremony and reading. (Community)
12/10/17 RSC Live: Coriolanus. The RSC's Rome season concludes with Shakespeare's full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat if the battlefield and explor… (Performance - Theater)
12/11/17 Sandra Gilbert: Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute. For this annual tribute evening, the renowned poet, author, and feministic literary critic Sandra Gilbert explores this contempl… (Community - Lecture)
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Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming. The music of Praetorius, Schutz, Schein, and Scheidt is performed, along with festive dances and canzonas. With lute, organ, vio… (Arts - Concerts)
12/17/17 Community Sing: Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming. Folger Consort musicians lead audience members in learning holiday songs from the medieval to the baroque. Enjoy singing and vis… (Arts - Concerts)
01/19/18 The Way of The World. Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage - a $600 million inheritance. A comedy of manners...with no manners at a… (Performance - Theater)
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A Branch of Freshest Green. In the Gothic nave of Washington National Cathedral, Folger Consort presents a bouquet of soaring and ecstatic melodies of the g… (Arts - Concerts)
02/05/18 Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair: Natural Mystic: A Poetic Celebration of Reggae. This evening of poetry celebrates reggae music and pays tribute to one of its most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Robert "Bob" Ne… (Arts - Concerts)
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Il Lauro Verde. This program explores the growth of Italian musical style from Renaissance to Baroque, including virtuoso instrumental versions… (Arts - Concert - Classical / Symphony)
03/22/18 Sherwin Bitsui and Paisley Rekdal: 10 Artists after Paul Klee at the Phillips Collection. This exhibition explores the seminal role of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879 - 1940) in the development of mid-20th-century Am… (Arts - Art Exhibit) 202-544-4600.
04/16/18 2018 Folger Gala. The Folger Shakespeare Library's annual gala is the largest and most significant fundraiser of the year, providing support to th… (Community - Fundraiser / Benefit) 202-544-4600.
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Ovid's Vineyard. Cantatas by Monteclair and Rameau based on Ovid are performed, along with delightful instrumental works by Marais, Couperin, Tel… (Arts - Concerts) 202-544-4600.
04/30/18 Carolyn Forche: Poetry of Witness. Award-winning poet, translator, editor, and human rights advocate Carolyn Forche coined the phrase "poetry of witness," which is… (Community - Lecture) 202-544-4600.
05/05/18 The 38th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The award has been given since 1981 to the best works of fiction published by an American citizen in a calendar year. The PEN/Fa… (Performance)
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Saint Joan. The martyred heroine of France fought and defeated the besieging English at Orleans, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy… (Performance - Theater) 202-544-4600.
05/21/18 Kaveh Akbar & Kazim Ali: Silence and Breath. Both Kaveh Akbar and Kazim Ali explore the relationship between poetry and prayer, examining the silence and breath in each lyri… (Community - Panel Discussion / Forum) 202-544-4600.
09/06/18 RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor. Sir John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. But it's the women… (Performance - Theater)
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Oktoberfest. Autumn brings a flavorful array of festive music from the German-speaking lands, featuring colorful songs by Oswald von Wolkenst… (Arts - Concert - Classical / Symphony)
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King John. King Richard the Lionheart is dead. His younger brother John secures the throne to become King of England, an inheritance that i… (Performance - Theater)
11/05/18 Anthony Hecht Prize. The Waywiser Press annually awards The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for a collection by a poet who has published no more than one… (Community)
12/10/18 Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings. This reading and conversation engages with Dickinson scholar Martha Nell Smith and Jen Bervin. (Community - Panel Discussion / Forum)
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A Christmas Messe: A Banquet of Seasonal English Music. Celebrate the holidays with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements of favorites like G… (Arts - Concerts)
01/14/19 RSC Live: Troilus and Cressida. Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vis… (Arts - Concert - Classical / Symphony)
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Nell Gwynn. A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. N… (Performance - Theater)
02/12/19 What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism. Cultural critic Mark Dery coined the term "Afrofuturism." Featuring a panel with Tananarive Due, N.K. Jemisin and Airea D. Matth… (Community - Panel Discussion / Forum)
03/11/19 Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. A panel discussion featuring Sandra Beasley, Sean Hill and Atsuro Riley. (Community - Panel Discussion / Forum)
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Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy. Instrumental works include lively dances and diminutions from Italy and some of the great wind band repertoire from Spain. With… (Arts - Concert - Classical / Symphony)
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04/14/19
Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration. Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as you celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities. (Community) 202-544-4600.

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