The first folio

first folio of Shakespeare's playsThe first and original Complete Works of Shakespeare was called the First Folio.

This famous text was lovingly assembled by Shakespeare's fellow-actors after his death in 1623.

The First Folio is a literary icon and is the version of Shakespeare's text preferred by many actors and directors.

Here are some resources to introduce The First Folio and explain some of its history.

What is the First Folio?
A series of introductory films presented by Gregory Doran, our Artistic Director. 

The Case for the Folio - Jonathan Bate (PDF)
A leading Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature gives a detailed account for scholars and advanced students of the textual issues and choices facing the Shakespeare editor.  

Developed with Macmillan and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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