Dr. Ruth Frendo, an Archivist at The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, discusses the Stationers’ Register for Shakespeare’s First Folio and introduces us to an eighteenth-century scholar that left his mark.
The First Folio Actors & the First Shakespearean ‘Star’, Richard Burbage
5th September 2022
Richard Burbage was not only a leading sharer in Shakespeare’s acting company and one of England’s first theatre entrepreneurs, as joint owner of the Globe and the Blackfriars theatres, he was also one of England’s first ‘star’ actors.
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.