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Folger Shakespeare Library  Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection. Advancing knowledge and the arts. Take a look inside our current exhibition, "Beyond Words:"

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, / Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, / Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine, / With sweet muskroses, and with eglantine," ("A Midsummer Night's Dream," 2.1.257). A couple of big honeysuckle shrubs in our neighborhood inspired us to share illustrator Walter Crane's depiction of woodbine from his 1906 "Flowers from Shakespeare's Garden." Woodbine (Oberon mentions it in that famous quotation from "Midsummer") is another name for the fragrant honeysuckle plant. Have you ever sucked the nectar out of a honeysuckle blossom? We're not the only ones who do that, right? #honeysuckle
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"She's very positive." And we are too—positive that you'll love "Saint Joan" at Folger Theatre! The @washingtonpost 's Peter Marks writes, "The joyfulness of the performances and the humor the performers find in Shaw’s tart observations build a surprisingly lighthearted spirit into the evening, which may be why this “Saint Joan” doesn’t feel as if it’s a tiring sit. Tucker’s band of players may be tiny, but they succeed unerringly in their quest to show us Joan as an unfathomable tower of strength." "Saint Joan" is onstage now until June 10. #FolgerJoan
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After seeing Folger Theatre and @theatre.bedlam's *fantastique* "Saint Joan," we were in the mood for something French. For #PublishersBindingThursday, here's a *tres beau* 1887 copy of "L’Ancienne France: Le théâtre..." It's taken from the works of Paul Lacroix (AKA the author and journalist P.L. Jacob). #folgerfinds #zoomin
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This title page for one of Martin Luther's sermons features an elaborate woodcut border full of advertisements and allegories—that are mostly irrelevant to the text. Take a look with "Beyond Words" curator Caroline Duroselle-Melish, then click the link in our bio to watch the whole video. #LinkinBio #FolgerBeyond
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Happy Opening Night to Bedlam's SAINT JOAN at Folger Theatre! Break legs, cast and crew! On stage through June 10.
#gbs #saintjoan #joanofarc #folgerjoan #folgerlibrary #bedlam #bedlamtheatre #erictucker #dctheatre #dctheater #folgertheatre photo by Teresa Wood.

💌 No one reads a love letter like you, Antoinette. Congrats to Antoinette Robinson on her Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play, for Folger Theatre's "As You Like It." Best of luck tonight; we'll see you there! #HelenHayesAwards 💌
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Paint-by-numbers #fail: On this 1610 map of the county of Warwick, letters were printed in the shields in the lower right to indicate the colors that should be used, often representing the Latin name for the color : 'a' for argent (silver), 'o' for or (gold), 'g' for gules (red). The colorist of this map, however, totally ignored them and colored the coats of arms incorrectly. The map is on display now in our current exhibition, "Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare." #FolgerBeyond #youhadonejob
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PEASANT. SOLDIER. MYSTIC. MARTYR. @theatre.bedlam 's "Saint Joan" opens today at Folger Theatre, with Dria Brown as Joan and Bedlam Artistic Director (and the director of 2016's "Sense and Sensibility") Eric Tucker directing and playing Dunois, Warwick, and others. Click the link in our bio for tickets. Looking for a deal? Tomorrow night, Sunday, May 13 at 7 pm, is our Pay-What-You-Will performance! Tickets available at the box office at 5 pm; limit one ticket per person. #BedlamJoan #théâtre
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Salvador Dalí was born #onthisday in 1904. When you think Dalí, you probably think about drippy, melty clocks, but did you know that the famous surrealist also created a number of prints and designs for Shakespeare's plays? The Folger has a number of prints by Dalí, including this costume design for Rosalind in "Come Vi Piace (As You Like It)." Click the link in our bio to see more of Dalí's works from the Folger collection. #linkinbio #folgerfinds #happybirthday
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How did this guy start a riot? Well... it's a little more complicated than just that. #Onthisday in 1849, the Astor Place Riot began when supporters of this man, actor Edwin Forrest, clashed with police and the National Guard at a performance of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" by actor William Charles Macready. Click the link in our bio to listen to a brand new episode of Shakespeare Unlimited and find out how class, celebrity, and Shakespeare combined to set off a deadly riot. #linkinbio
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Happy #BiketoSchoolDay to all of you cyclists out there! You're in good company: according to this 1896 pamphlet from Cleveland Bicycles, "Shakespeare Would Ride the Bicycle If Alive Today." We bet he'd always wear his helmet. #FolgerFinds
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Hello there, Tall, Dark, and Allegorical. This tall drink of 17th-century water is James Howell, in an engraving by Claude Mellan and Abraham Bosse. Mellan engraved the author’s face and surroundings, while Abraham Bosse etched the rest of the image. The dark black, swelling lines that connect Howell’s cloak to the oak tree—an allegory of monarchy—contrast with the thin gray trees of the background, symbols of the English parliament and the clergy. Howell's book, "Dendrologia. Dodona's Grove, or the Vocall Forest," in which this image appears, allegorizes European history using trees. Howell is on display at the Folger in "Beyond Words" through June 3. Come by and see him sometime! #folgerbeyond
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