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SNP exhibits Shakespeare First Folio

From these pages: Shakespeare's First Folio. Pic: Pete Le May
From these pages: Shakespeare's First Folio. Pic: Pete Le May

To mark this year's 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's "First Folio" – the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays - Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, Merseyside, will bring to life the story and the history behind its creation.

As part of its European tour, the run of Lauren Gunderson’s witty The Book of Will at Shakespeare North Playhouse (October 19-23) – which documents the creation of the collected works and the people and friends of Shakespeare – will be accompanied by the display of a copy of the First Folio, on loan from The British Library, courtesy of its Treasures on Tour programme. The British Library cares for five of the 235 copies known to survive.

In association with which has provided information and imagery, the exhibition will take audiences on the story of how the First Folio came into existence. This combination of exhibition and production puts the real artefact in the same building as the show about it - and how often does that happen?

Shakespeare North Playhouse chief executive, Melanie Lewis, said: "This historic loan represents not only a profound connection to our theatrical heritage, but also a remarkable opportunity for our audiences to engage directly with the very words that have shaped literary history."

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