Shakespeare’s Folio to Visit
Madison's Chazen Museum
The Bard’s Death Day is April 23
by Christy Zheng, age 13
Fans of Shakespeare, buckle up! The first folio, a printed collection of William Shakespeare’s work dating back to 1623, is coming to Madison.
The folio will come from its home at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Madison is a stop on its tour called “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.” This tour marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, which is commonly accepted to be April 23rd. The first folio will be displayed in the Chazen Museum this fall, from November 3rd through December 11th.
The Chazen is one of the few museums in Madison able to meet the temperature, humidity, and lighting demands of this old document. While on display, the folio will be open to the page bearing Hamlet’s famous soliloquy “To be or not to be.” The museum’s goal is to show that Shakespeare’s works continue to be performed and are still popular. Admission to the exhibit is free. [Read More]