The First Folio is one of the great wonders of the literary world.
Published in 1623, seven years after the death of its author, it was the first printed edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays. Without this achievement, we would have lost half of his dramatic work.
This website is dedicated in gratitude to the 400th birthday of this foundational book on the 8th November 2023.
Explore the process behind the creation of Shakespeare’s First Folio.
Find out about the principal characters involved in the First Folio’s publication.
The approximate date each play was written, its route to print, a brief synopsis of the plot and spoken words from the First Folio.
Listen to speeches from all the plays while you read with ease the words as they appear in the First Folio.
How many copies of the First Folio survive and where are they today?
How many copies of the First Folio
survive and where are they today?
Articles written for Folio400 by Shakespeare scholars, experts, writers and performers together with a video of the First Folio in the Globe Theatre.