Tag Archives: First Folio

Celebrating Ben Jonson’s First Folio

As well as being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, 1616 is also a significant date for anyone interested in the theatre and writing of the period. Between 6 and 25 November 1616 Ben Jonson’s Workes was published, a monumental … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Miniature

They say all the best things come in small packages, and it’s certainly true that we all find small things, that seem to defy the normal, fascinating. It’s easy to see why some things, like miniature paintings, came to exist: … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Sydney 2

On Tuesday we visited what is called on the website, “one of the most unusual places in Australia”, the Shakespeare Room at the State Library of New South Wales, that stands just across the road from the Shakespeare monument I … Continue reading

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First Folio discovery on the Isle of Bute

It’s only two weeks or so since it was announced that an unknown copy of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio had been found at Shuckburgh House in Warwickshire (see my blog on 24 March), and now another one has been … Continue reading

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Found in Warwickshire: the Shuckburgh folios

Anyone who hopes that there are Shakespeare treasures still to be found must have felt their hearts flutter when it was announced that the major auction house Christies is to sell copies of all four Shakespeare folios in May. Why the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare at Windsor

A new exhibition Shakespeare in the Royal Library, running from 13 February 2016 to 1 January 2017, celebrates the connections between the royal family and Shakespeare through the collections in the Royal Library and elsewhere at Windsor Castle. Many of the royal … Continue reading

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The making of the First Folio

I wrote a week or so ago about Emma Smith’s new book The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio, published by Bodleian Library Publishing, and the stories relating to the Bodleian Library’s own copy. One of the books I inherited from … Continue reading

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Looking at the First Folio in 2016

It’s still seven years until the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the First Folio, arguably the most important book in the English language. But this year, when Shakespeare’s achievement is being celebrated, the first collected edition of his … Continue reading

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The men who gave us Shakespeare

While visiting London recently we went in search of a relatively little-known Shakespeare monument. It’s the memorial to John Heminges and Henry Condell just around the back of the Guild Hall. It stands in what used to be the churchyard … Continue reading

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Plays and performances in Shakespeare’s theatres

I recently wrote about how Shakespeare leaves gaps within the text which actors are able to fill using their own imaginations. I’ve been reading a book that describes how theatres themselves contributed to the writing and performance of plays, an … Continue reading

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