Celebrating Four Hundred Years of Shakespeare’s First Folio

Shakespeare First Folio

This year marks the quatercentenary of the publication of what is now known as the First Folio of William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. More precisely, the first copies of this volume of plays was issued from the Jaggard printshop, c. November 1623. One of the many research strengths of MEMS lies in Shakespeare studies, and our Co-Director, Dr Rory Loughnane is integrally involved in the celebrations of the First Folio quatercentenary.

Rory has co-edited with Prof. Sonia Massai of La Sapienza, Rome and King’s London, a new collection of essays that reflects upon the significance of the First Folio’s publication. The collection of essays is published by the Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies. To coincide with this, the four Folios of Shakespeare’s plays published in the seventeenth century (1623, 1632, 1663, 1685) will be put on display in a special exhibition at Senate House, London. Following the exhibition, there will be a launch for the new special issue and a roundtable discussion involving international Shakespeare scholars who have contributed to the collection.

The event is free and booking is available.