"HE WAS NOT OF AN AGE, BUT FOR ALL TIME" – Ben Jonson
This summer, the New-York Historical Society joins forces with two of the city’s leading cultural institutions, the 92nd Street Y and The Public Theater, to share Shakespeare’s First Folio of published work with all of New York.
As part of a worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is launching a nation-wide tour of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, published in 1623. New-York Historical, together with the 92nd Street Y and The Public, is proud to help present this pivotal and incredibly rare book.
Containing the first published scripts of 36 of Shakespeare’s most famous plays—including Hamlet, Macbeth and As You Like It—the First Folio is on display at the New-York Historical Society for 6 weeks, beginning June 7. To celebrate this magnificent book and the playwright who changed the world, the 92nd Street Y and New-York Historical have produced a series of events and conversations about the work and world of William Shakespeare. And the celebration continues in Central Park for one of New York’s most beloved summer traditions, The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, under the stars at the Delacorte Theater.
See this important and rare book containing the first published scripts of Shakespeare’s plays, for FREE*, for a limited time only!
* Please note all other exhibitions subject to Museum Admission fee
Shakespeare First Folio, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library. Title page with Droeshout engraving of Shakespeare.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.