In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, From Stage to Page: 400 Years of Shakespeare in Print celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s First Folio. Printed in 1623, Mr William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies was the earliest comprehensive gathering of Shakespeare’s plays in print. The collection preserved 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, half of which had never been printed before and might otherwise have been lost, including Macbeth, The Tempest, and As You Like It. The First Folio established the version of Shakespeare read and performed today, cementing Shakespeare’s prominent place in literary and cultural history. From Stage to Page tells the story of the First Folio’s origins in the bookstalls of seventeenth-century London and considers the histories of three later, lesser-known folios published in 1632, 1663, and 1685. The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see all four folios in one room. Approximately 230 copies of the First Folio survive and CMU Libraries is one of few institutions in America to own copies of all four folios. Shakespeare: The Four Folios offers an extraordinary look at Shakespeare’s enduring legacy.
Don’t miss Inventing Shakespeare, a complementary installation at CMU’s Hunt Library exploring the technologies and computational tools used to study the four folios since 1950. Together, these exhibits trace the history and influence of the Shakespeare folios from the seventeenth century to the present. Both exhibits will be free and open to the public.