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Folger Shakespeare Library

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Address: 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1094
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The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest is...

The Shakespearean collection at the Folger Library the worlds largest is only open to the more qualified researcher, but theres still plenty to see, like gardens, Renaissance art and an Elizabethan theater.

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Great theater in Globe reproduction/ excellent library of Shakespeare materials

Theater season always interesting. Plays in small theater, reproducing London's Globe Theater. Excellent casting and directing. Library has many Shakespeare related events and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Martha W
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McLean, Virginia
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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Theater season always interesting. Plays in small theater, reproducing London's Globe Theater. Excellent casting and directing. Library has many Shakespeare related events and materials. Near other major tourist destinations on Capital Hill. Definitely worth a visit and a play.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the moment you walk in this beautiful building you will be amazed at the history and educational opportunities inside. We were fortunate enough to time it just right to catch the beginning of a free tour. The guide was pleasant, knowledgeable and engaging. It was a special moment to see the original Shakespeare folio containing his original works. There... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a library, so don't expect excitement in the books or collections. But the exhibits are fascinating, and if you can get a ticket to a show in the library's theatre, do it. The productions are not lavish, but often well presented. We've seen Shakespeare allover the world, and really enjoyed a recent AYLI in the theatre. This is... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to the theatre in the library a few times, and it really is a special experience. The library always has nice exhibits and a friendly atmosphere and the theatre offers quality performances I have truly enjoyed. Highly recommended!

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Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I entered on a Saturday afternoon in February and arrived just in time for the free tour. This lady was very informative and made the life of William Shakespeare and his era in time very interesting. She started in the playhouse itself and we stayed there for maybe 30 minutes before eventually going through the halls into... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was dazzled and we have been to Oxford and seen some of these documents before. But, this may be the first time this extensive a collection of manuscripts have been shown in the Washington DC area. Really worth a visit

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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2017

The Folger Shakespeare has two important parts, the incomparable library and the small but excellent theater attached to it. This review will focus mostly on the theatre. The library is important for its collection of first folio editions of Shakespeare's works, and the study that goes along with it. We'll leave that to the scholars. We've visited the theatre for... More 

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2017

I visited the Will & Jane (as in Shakespeare and Austen) exhibit in the fall of 2016 as part of the Jane Austen Society of North America's Annual General Meeting. I went solo before the AGM started to avoid crowds. I had the exhibit hall almost to myself. The security guards could not have been nicer, directing me to the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Wonderful occasion. A pretty small venue but the acting and interpretation of the play was superb. I've been to the library before and it was very interesting but it's inaccessible for the next week or so.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

My husband and I took an afternoon off to see the exhibit of Shakespeare's First Folios, which is traveling around the US. That exhibit has moved on, but the Library itself is interesting and what made it much more so for us was the free tour we took. The guide's name, if I remember correctly, is John Finedore, and he... More 

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