READ SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIO

Published on 14 March 2017

Photo: National Library Board

The National Library has partnered with Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford to present Shakespeare in Print: The First Folio. This literary exhibition will showcase William Shakespeare’s First Folio for the first time in Singapore.

The First Folio is the first printed anthology of Shakespeare’s works published in 1623 and is considered a rare literary artefact with only 230 surviving copies today. It contains 36 of his plays, many of which had not been printed before this publication.

Visitors will be able to browse through this 950-page folio digitally while also learning more about Shakespeare’s life and times. At the same time, the exhibition will also look at selected theatre adaptations of Shakespeare’s works in Singapore and Asia and their significance on literature and other art forms across the world.

There will also be a special public talk by Mr Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, and Professor Rhodri Lewis of the Faculty of English Language & Literature, the University of Oxford on Sunday, 26 March. They will be discussing the significance of the First Folio in understanding Shakespeare’s works.

The exhibition will be held till 23 April 2017 at Level 10 Gallery of the National Library Building. Click here for more information.

Photo: : The Bodleian First Folio: digital facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, Bodleian Arch. G c.7.
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