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

This famous text was lovingly assembled by Shakespeare's fellow-actors after his death in 1623. Here are some resources to introduce The First Folio and explain some of its history.

Engraving of Shakespeare's head and shoulders

Gregory Doran on the First Folio

Our Artistic Director Gregory Doran describes and explains the First Folio in this series of four videos made by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. 

Case for the Folio - Jonathan Bate

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.

Case for the Folio (PDF)

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