First Folio

See Shakespeare's First Folio

An original copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, one of the rarest books in the world, is on display now through October 28 at the University of Virginia's Special Collections Library. 

About the Folio
Before Shakespeare's death, only about half of his plays had been printed, sometimes in several different version, as quartos — small, one-play editions about half the size of a magazine.  In 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death, a group of his friends (including fellow actors from the King's Men John Heminges and Henry Condell), published the first collected edition of his plays.Without the First Folio, we might not have incredible works like Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Comedy of Errors, not to mentionTwelfth Night, Coriolanus, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Our Artistic Year would be shot!

Special Event
October 8 - Family Fun Day 
11:00am - 2:00pm     Make fake blood, quills, and crowns at our Family Fun Day booth
11:30am    Wordplay workshop (25 spots available to public) 
12:30pm    Why the Folio Matters workshop (25 spots available to public) 


2017 Renaissance Season