Shakespeare’s First Folio at CU

shakbookI don’t think we need to explain to you who William Shakespeare is, or how his plays are the most produced works of any playwright in history. Chances are, whether you like it or not, you have been exposed to Shakespeare even if you have never seen a production of one of his plays. If you have ever described anyone as a “laughingstock”, been on a “wild goose chase” or done something in “one fell swoop”, you are quoting Olde Shakey himself!

Until the end of August, you can view the origins of those phrases and many others we use everyday, as well as the classic works of theatrical art from which they came. Shakespeare’s First Folio is currently on exhibit at the University of Colorado Art Museum in Boulder. Upon Shakespeare’s death John Hemmings and Henry Condell, the last two remaining original actors from Shakespeare’s theater, feared that his great works might disappear forever. So they had 36 of his works bound into one book. This is that book. If you are really interested in the book’s creation, you can see the play The Book of Will in January and February at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

You will probably not hear any language as beautiful as that written by The Bard on a Banjo Billy Bus Tour. But you can learn a lot about the history of Boulder and Denver while having a fun time on the world’s coolest bus. We hope you will join us!

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