FOLGER THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2014/15 SEASON of Shakespeare, Schiller, and Stoppard

  • When: Saturday, July 26, 2014, time TBA
  • Where: Folger Shakespere Library
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit2: Not available
  • Categories: Art performance


By William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s Globe
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole & Bill Buckhurst
July 25 and 26, 2014

Last seen on the Folger stage in September 2012, Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet returns for three performances only as part of their “Globe to Globe” two-year tour, which brings the play to every country in the world. This is the Globe’s only East Coast performance in the United States for their tour, which launches on April 23, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This pared-down, intimate production – with a new cast of just eight actors – is a fresh version of the classic tragedy of revenge.

King Lear
By William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s Globe
Directed by Bill Buckhurst
September 5 – 21, 2014

Weary of his royal duties, King Lear proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters. Shakespeare’s Globe’s On Tour production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy – seen last summer on the Globe stage and also in cities and countries around the world, from Istanbul to St. Lucia – continues at the Folger Theatre in a limited engagement of eighteen performances. Shakespeare’s Globe’s King Lear stars Joseph Marcell, well known as Geoffrey the English butler on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and internationally known as a classical actor and seen in Folger Theatre’s 2007 As You Like It.

Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond
October 28 – December 7, 2014

Robert Richmond (Richard III and Henry V) returns to the Folger to direct Shakespeare’s classic political thriller. A cold-blooded murder conspiracy is taking shape. An assassination of the Roman Empire’s most popular ruler by his most trusted friends is followed by complete chaos. Julius Caesar is more relevant now than ever, an unforgettable depiction of friendships sacrificed to ambition and the seductive appeal of power.

Mary Stuart
By Friedrich Schiller
In a new version by Peter Oswald
Directed by Richard Clifford
January 27 – March 8, 2015

The 19th-century Friedrich Schiller play, newly adapted by Peter Oswald, depicts the final days of Mary, the former Queen of Scots. Imprisoned by her Protestant cousin and Queen of England Elizabeth I, Mary anxiously awaits for her fate to be decided in an era of lies and intrigue. Richard Clifford, who staged the Folger production of The School for Scandal, directs this searing drama of scheming and betrayal, featuring Kate Eastwood Norris as Mary Stuart, Holly Twyford as Queen Elizabeth I, Cody Nickell as Robert Dudley and Nancy Robinette as Hannah Kennedy.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Aaron Posner
May 12 – June 21, 2015

Stoppard’s absurdist play featuring a veritable feast of astute wordplay and wit is newly staged by Helen Hayes Award-winning director Aaron Posner (Romeo and Juliet and Arcadia). This “Best Play” Tony Award® winner centers on the misadventures and musings of two childhood friends of the Prince of Denmark from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Exploring profound themes of fate, free will, identity, illusion, and life in a box, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a modern theatrical classic. Featuring Ian Merrill Peakes (Henry VIII, Macbeth) as The Player.

Tickets & Information:
Tickets/Information: www.folger.edu/theatre or 202.544.7077
Subscriptions begin at $105. Individual tickets are $40 - $75, with discounts offered to students, seniors, military, and groups of ten or more.

Performances are held at Folger Theatre, located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. The nearest metro stations are Capitol South (blue/orange lines, 4 blocks) and Union Station (red line, 7 blocks). Street parking is available in the surrounding Capitol Hill neighborhood.