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SHAKESPEARE TAKES CENTER STAGE THIS SUMMER IN SAN DIEGO
The Old Globe and San Diego Public Library Co-Host Shakespeare’s
First Folio Exhibition in Honor of the
400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

Exhibit at San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
June 4 through July 7; Free public performances, film screenings,
discussions, and education programs planned starting in March

Tickets to the Exhibition and Signature Events
available beginning April 23 to coincide with Shakespeare’s birthday

The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library were selected last year to co-host the only stop in California for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a national traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Produced in association with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library offers a rare glimpse of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most significant books, as it visits all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The treasured volume will be on display free-of-charge to the public at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common from June 4 through July 7, 2016.

In addition, The Old Globe and the San Diego Pubic Library—in partnership with the University of California San Diego, the University of San Diego, San Diego State University, the San Diego Public Library Foundation, and media partner KPBS—have announced a spring and summer schedule of free Shakespeare-related programs for children, adults, and families. Click here to see the entire schedule of events.

When it arrives in San Diego, the First Folio will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world: Hamlet’s “To be or not to be.” Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare then and now, as well as the importance of the First Folio. A supplemental exhibition will showcase original props, costumes, photographs, and ephemera from The Old Globe’s 80-year archive and the Darlene Gould Davies Old Globe Theatre Collection, with a focus on the productions of Shakespeare that have made the Globe one of the most important Shakespeare theatres in North America. The exhibition will be located at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common in the Art Gallery on the 9th floor. Exhibit hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. It will be free and open to the public, but due to its popularity, tickets are highly recommended and will be available on FirstFolioSanDiego2016.org. Visitors to the library will also have the opportunity to see rare and exquisite editions of works by and about Shakespeare from the San Diego Public Library’s collection on display in the Hervey Family Rare Book Room adjacent to the Art Gallery.

Over 50 associated events will celebrate the visit of the First Folio. For information about event details, ticket availability, and RSVP procedures, please click here for the press release or visit FirstFolioSanDiego2016.org.

Many of Shakespeare’s plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime. The First Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. Two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Without it, we would not have 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It. All 18 appeared for the first time in print in the First Folio and would otherwise have been lost.

The Folger Shakespeare Library holds 82 copies of the First Folio, by far the largest collection in the world and more than a third of the 233 known copies in the world today. It is believed that 750 copies were originally printed.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the support of Google.org, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, and other generous donors. Supporters of the San Diego exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library and associated programming include Diane and John Berol, David C. Copley Foundation, and United.

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Shakespeare's First Folio published in 1623.
Shakespeare's First Folio published in 1623. The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck. 
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
The Old Globe and the San Diego Public Library host the San Diego visit of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare’s First Folio—as well as a multi-panel exhibit and original props, costumes, photographs and ephemera from The Old Globe archive—is available for public viewing June 4 – July 7 at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Photo by Stacy Keck.
Title page with Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare.
Title page with Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
Table of Contents. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623.
Table of Contents. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
To the Great Variety of Readers, an introduction by John Heminges and William Condell.
To the Great Variety of Readers, an introduction by John Heminges and William Condell. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
“To be or not to be” (Hamlet, Act III, scene 1) from the First Folio.
“To be or not to be” (Hamlet, Act III, scene 1) from the First Folio. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
List of Actors. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623.
List of Actors. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
Martin Droeshout. Shakespeare. Engraving, 1623. Credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library.
Rutina Wesley in Twelfth Night, 2015
Rutina Wesley as Viola in The Old Globe's 2015 production of Twelfth Night, directed by Rebecca Taichman. Photo by Jim Cox.
Jacqueline Brookes and William Ball in The Old Globe's production of Hamlet, directed by Allen Fletcher.
Jacqueline Brookes and William Ball in The Old Globe's production of Hamlet, directed by Allen Fletcher.
Campbell Scott with the cast of The Old Globe's 1990 production of Hamlet, directed by Jack O'Brien.
Campbell Scott with the cast of The Old Globe's 1990 production of Hamlet, directed by Jack O'Brien.
Lucas Hall and Bruce Turk in The Old Globe's 2007 production of Hamlet, directed by Darko Tresnjak. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Lucas Hall and Bruce Turk in The Old Globe's 2007 production of Hamlet, directed by Darko Tresnjak. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Kristen Connolly and Blair Underwood, with Noah Bean and Richard Thomas in The Old Globe's 2014 production of Othello, directed by Barry Edelstein. Photo by Jim Cox.
Kristen Connolly and Blair Underwood, with Noah Bean and Richard Thomas in The Old Globe's 2014 production of Othello, directed by Barry Edelstein. Photo by Jim Cox.
The Old Globe's 2004 production As You Like It, directed by Karen Carpenter. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
The Old Globe's 2004 production As You Like It, directed by Karen Carpenter. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Guests take in the First Folio display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Lloyd Wolf.
Guests take in the First Folio display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Lloyd Wolf.
Guests take in the First Folio display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Lloyd Wolf.
Guests take in the First Folio display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Lloyd Wolf.
Paxton Whitehead in The Old Globe's 1983 production of Richard III, directed by John Houseman.
Paxton Whitehead in The Old Globe's 1983 production of Richard III, directed by John Houseman.
A Shakespeare Robot, a unique creation "printed" on the 3-D printer of the San Diego Public Library, in honor of the First Folio exhibition. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Public Library.
A Shakespeare Robot, a unique creation "printed" on the 3-D printer of the San Diego Public Library, in honor of the First Folio exhibition. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Public Library.