From Hamlet to Romeo and Juliet, the characters in Shakespeare's plays are timeless and familiar. But how do we know about Shakespeare's works at all?
For many of the plays, the answer is the book at the heart of this exhibition: the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare. The First Folio includes 36 of Shakespeare's plays, 18 of which were never printed before. Without it, they could easily have been lost.
Marking the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death, First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare is a nationwide, touring exhibition to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico in 2016. At each location, the First Folio will be displayed open to one of Shakespeare's most famous passages, which has challenged and inspired actors for four centuries: the "to be or not to be" speech from Hamlet.