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ENCORES: ‘1 Henry IV’ performed by Folger Theatre (2019)

Folger Public Programs presents ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. See a clip of ‘1 Henry IV’ from Folger Theatre’s 2019 production.



ENCORES: The Literary Legacy of Seamus Heaney (1991, 2014)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. Enjoy a selection of Seamus Heaney poems, read by Heaney and Eamon Grennan.


Resource Guide: ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness’ by Ethan Hawke

On April 1, 2021 the Folger hosts its Virtual Book Club, featuring a discussion on ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness’ by Ethan Hawke. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’ plays, the performance of which forms the background of Hawke’s novel.


ENCORES: ‘Sense & Sensibility’ performed by Folger Theatre (2016)

Folger Public Programs is pleased to present ENCORES, a weekly online series highlighting past performances and recalling the rich history of programming on the historic Folger stage. As many arts and cultural institutions remain closed during this time, these ENCORES provide a way to connect and revisit the breadth of Folger offerings with a wider… Continue Reading »


Words, Words, Words: ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness’ by Ethan Hawke

The Folger’s virtual book club, Words, Words, Words continues on Thursday, April 1 with a discussion of Ethan Hawke’s ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness.’ To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this compelling story of a young actor balancing the dissolution of his marriage with work on Shakespeare’s Henry IV pt. 1.