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Published on April 6th, 2016 | by TLV News


A Bevy of Events Accompany Shakespeare’s First Folio at the Ford Center

A copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio will be on display at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Oxford, from April 11 – May 1, for free viewing to the public. The First Folio is the oldest collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. In the years following Shakespeare’s death in 1616, John Heminge and Henry Condell, two of Shakespeare’s close friends and members of his acting company, the King’s Men, collected 36 of his plays, creating the First Folio, which was originally published in 1623. The book had an estimated print run of 750 copies, of which only 233 copies are known to survive today.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary 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. The event is made possible by the Folger Shakespeare Library, in DC – the largest Shakespearean collection in the world. The collection was the pride and joy of Henry and Emily Folger, who collected countless books, manuscripts, and historical items related to William Shakespeare and his life and times. Their collection includes 82 copies of the First Folio, the largest group in the world. There will be an opening reception event on April 11, at 6:30 pm, followed by a scholarly lecture by Ivo Kamps, professor and chairman of the University’s English department.

In addition, there will be many performances, workshops, master classes, lectures, and exhibitions celebrating the rich and diverse legacy of Shakespeare, which will be occurring in the University area between now and the beginning of May. The overwhelming bulk of these events will be free to the general public.



Tina Packer’s Women of Will

Thursday, April 14 | 7:30 pm

Ford Center for the Performing Arts


A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ole Miss Theatre

April 15-16 & 21-23 at 7:30 pm | April 16-17 & 24 at 2 pm

Fulton Chapel


Music from Shakespeare’s Theatre for Children

with instrument petting zoo

Mockingbird Early Music Ensemble

Saturday, April 30 | 3 pm

Ford Center for the Performing Arts (FREE)


Dramatic reading of William Shakespeare’s

The Tempest | Theatre Oxford

Sunday, May 1 | 2-5 pm |

Powerhouse Community Arts Center | Free


Music from Shakespeare’s Theatre

Mockingbird Early Music Ensemble

Sunday, May 1 | 3 pm | Nutt Auditorium | Free


Workshops and Master Classes:

Shakespeare Activities for Families:


 “Have Fun with Hamlet”

2 pm | Ford Center for the Performing Arts | Free

Sunday, April 17



“Create a Folio”

3 pm | University of Mississippi Museum | Free

Sunday, April 17



“As Good Luck Would Have It: The Rich Tradition of

Shakespeare Scholarship in the Library”

Monday, March 14 — Ongoing through late summer

J.D. Williams Library | Free


“Wherefore Art Thou”

Shakespeare-themed Art Exhibition

April 4-May 2 | 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday

Powerhouse Community Arts Center | Free


“First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare”

On tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library

April 11-May 1 | Ford Center for the Performing Arts | Free



“Shakespeare’s Romans: The Rediscovery and

His Reinvention of Julius Caesar”

Saturday, April 2 | 2-3 pm

Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library | Free

Monday, April 4 | 5:30-6:30 pm

Bryant Hall | Free


Screening of Sing Thee to Thy Rest: Ole Miss Opera

in the Czech Republic, a film by Matthew Graves, with

“Shakespeare and Music,” a lecture by Robert Riggs

Tuesday, April 5 | 7:30 pm

Ford Center for the Performing Arts | Free


“Tina Packer’s Women of Will” –

Master Class and Lecture/Demonstration

Wednesday, April 13 | Times TBD

Ford Center for the Performing Arts | Free


“Dissing Shakespeare: Shakespeare on Film

in the 20th and 21st Centuries”

Tuesday, April 19 | 6 pm | Lamar Hall


“Shakespeare and Swordplay:

A Stage Combat Demonstration”

Wednesday, April 20 | 8-9 pm | Fulton Chapel | Free


Shakespeare and Philosophy Academic Conference

Friday, April 22 | 9 am-7 pm | E.F. Yerby Center | Free


“Crafty Shakespeare: Theatre as

a Collaborative Workshop”

Thursday, April 28 | 6 pm | The Depot | Free The Local Voice Ligature

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