Celebrate Folio400 - more than 20 original First Folios on public display across the UK on Folio Day

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Celebrate Folio400 - more than 20 original First Folios on public display across the UK on Folio Day
Many to remain on display for longer periods leading up to the First Folio’s 400th Birthday on 8 November.

LONDON.- Shakespeare’s First Folio is one of the great wonders of the literary world. Published in 1623, seven years after the death of its author, it is the very first printed edition of his collected plays in one folio-sized volume. Without the First Folio, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s dramatic works, including Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Tempest and Julius Caesar. Without this book we wouldn’t know what Shakespeare looked like. Without this book we wouldn’t care about Shakespeare at all in 2023. Four centuries on from its publication, just 235 copies of the First Folio are known to have survived.

Folio400 is a major project, conceived and launched by Folio-fan Marcus Coles in collaboration with Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe and Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University. Folio400’s purpose is to encourage and promote the celebration of the First Folio’s 400th anniversary. This includes a comprehensive and accessible website (www.folio400.com), a documentary, a feature film, exhibitions, a monument and the publication of numerous First Folio-themed books.

Folio400 aspires to be as inclusive as the book whose birthday it celebrates. Shakespeare wrote for us all; he shows us all what it is to be human. Throughout the ‘Folio Season’ (running from 22 April to 8 November, the Registration date of the First Folio), private owners and institutions are coming together to display their folios around the country, for the public to view (nearly all for free).

From Winchester to Warminster, and from Bankside to the Isle of Bute, at least 20 First Folios will be of public display. There will also be one in Ireland, one in France, two in Germany and even one as far away as Auckland.

Find out where and when you can see a First Folio near you by visiting the Folio400 website:


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