interesting and discerning material related to all aspects of Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,
First Ed. 1623.

Lord Brotherton

Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis

‘Just you wait, Henry Huntington-just you wait!’-The Brotherton Collection

14th September 2022
During an intensive eight year collecting period from 1922 until his death in 1930, Lord Brotherton amassed over 35,000 books, 400 manuscripts, 4,000 deeds and 30,000 letters.
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Dr. Ruth Frendo

Enter The First Folio (and George Steevens)

14th September 2022
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.
Munro Folio Contents Page

Siobhan Keenan

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.

Sir Stanley Wells


23rd April 2021
“We owe an incalculable debt to Shakespeare’s fellow actors John Heminge and Henry Condell who put the volume together.”
Keats Poem - King Lear

Sir Jonathan Bate

Give me new Phoenix Wings to fly at my desire

21st April 2021
In his facsimile First Folio copy, John Keats wrote a poem in the half-page space between the end of Hamlet and the beginning of King Lear.
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Nick de Somogyi

Fifty First Folio Facts

10th April 2021
Assembled by Nick Somogyi and illustrated by Pete Le May
David Crystal

Professor David Crystal

Sounding the First Folio

11th March 2021
What the First Folio plays sounded like to their Elizabethan and Jacobean audiences.
The Life of Henry the Fift

Professor Emma Smith

The Munro First Folio

22nd February 2021
“Shakespeare’s high cultural status in the age of empire really transformed the First Folio into an iconic object.”
Farah Karim-Cooper

Professor Farah Karim-Cooper

First Folio; first encounter.

16th February 2021
“The first thing I did, oddly enough, was sniff it.”
Sir Simon Russell Beale

Sir Simon Russell Beale

The Miraculous First Folio

10th February 2021
“This astonishing book is evidence of the love and respect that Shakespeare elicited from his friends and colleagues.”

Professor Eric Rasmussen

Every Six Years

20th January 2021
First Folios missing, stolen, recovered and discovered.

Dominic Dromgoole

The First Folio and The Holy Grail

18th January 2021
“There is throughout the sense of a draft, and the wonderfully scrappy, open-to-chance nature of Elizabethan playwriting.”