Fans of Shakespeare on the Green, rejoice! According to the Washington Post, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s copy of the First Folio will be staying at Brown at some point next year. Its visit to Brown is part of a national tour meant to coincide with with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, and yes, it already has a hashtag: #SHX400. It’s sure to be included in the nerdiest tweets ever known to the Internet.
The First Folio, “one of the most valuable printed books in the world,” will spend time in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C, and includes classic plays like Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. 36 of The Bard’s plays are in its pages.
There’s no word yet on where exactly the First Folio will be housed during its time at Brown or when exactly in 2016 it will be on College Hill. A big display case in the middle of Faunce would be a great sell for prospective students, though its age makes the Hay seem like a logical fit. Besides, I could totally see Shakespeare being a Beyoncé fan.