Shakespeare exhibit to open at Tulane on May 9, 2016

April 23, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444


Shakespeare's "First Folio"

Tulane University, recently named Louisiana’s host for the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” national tour, is pleased to announce that the exhibit will be open May 9-31, 2016 at Newcomb Art Gallery on Tulane’s uptown campus.

“The people of New Orleans and Louisiana can now plan to experience first hand the wonder and rareness of the First Folio,” said Tulane English Department chairman Michael Kuczynski. “From Shakespeare aficionados to students studying the Bard’s plays for the first time, this exhibit is a rare opportunity to experience one of the most influential books in history.”

“First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” will tour all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, beginning in January 2016 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The First Folio will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “to be or not to be.” A multi-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s impact will be accompanied by digital content and interactive activities.

In addition, Tulane will host an opening reception and jazz funeral, reading groups in conjunction with the New Orleans Public Library, archival tours on campus, lectures at the Historic New Orleans Collection and other venues and a Shakespeare festival.

The First Folio is the first complete collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623 seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and Antony and Cleopatra.

Only 233 known copies of the First Folio are in existence today, with 82 copies held by the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection. One of the most valuable printed books in the world, a First Folio sold for $6.2 million in 2001 at Christie’s and another one for $5.2 million in 2006 in London.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000