For All Time: The Shakespeare First Folio celebrates the University of British Columbia Library's recent acquisition of a complete first edition of William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies -- an extremely rare book published in 1623. That's seven years after Shakespeare's death and the First Folio is credited with preserving nearly half of his plays.
In partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, this piece of cultural heritage will be exhibited to the public along with three subsequent 17th century Folio editions of Shakespeare's plays -- it marks the first time all four Folios have been displayed in Vancouver. The special exhibition will be on view for a limited time at the Vancouver Art Gallery, from January 15 - March 20, 2022.
The First Folio includes 36 of Shakespeare's 38 known plays, edited by his close friends, fellow writers and actors. It is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays and the foundation of his enduring legacy and reputation. Of the estimated 235 copies that remain worldwide, there is only one other copy in Canada.
For All Time will be accompanied by an audio mobile guide feature the voice of Christopher Gaze, Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. There will also be a series of public programs including talks, performances and more.