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The First Folio at 400 Exhibit Opening

November 8, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  |  McHenry Library (3rd Floor), Special Collections


Special Collections and Archives at UCSC invites you to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Working together, Sean Keilen, Katie O’Hare and Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence Van Velzer present an exhibition that explores this landmark event in the history of printing and the transmission of Shakespeare’s works. The First Folio at 400 considers texts drawn from Shakespeare’s wide and eclectic reading; the folio and quarto formats in which his plays were published in early modern England; the eighteen plays the First Folio rescued from oblivion by printing them; and actors, theaters, and productions that have brought those plays to life. Please join us for the opening of The First Folio at 400 on Wednesday, November 8, from 4:00 until 6:00pm in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room at McHenry Library.

About the Curators:

Sean Keilen is Professor of Literature and Founding Director of Shakespeare Workshop at UC Santa Cruz and Head of Dramaturgy at Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Katie O’Hare is a doctoral student in the Literature Department at UC Santa Cruz. She is writing a dissertation about Shakespeare’s Henriad and has worked with Santa Cruz Shakespeare as a dramaturg and community educator.

Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence Van Velzer, the proprietors of Foolscap Press, are responsible for the Shakespeare Garden at Santa Cruz Shakespeare.


November 8, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm