I used to be very fearful of Shakespeare. It was so grand. So much more than me, a daft lad from the north of England with dreams of being an actor. But then I caught a few plays in the early 80s at the Royal Shakespeare Company during my school days. And many more in my college days. And Shakespeare slowly became more accessible. Not that I ever fully understood all of the subtext, but it was reaching further into my brain.
Ironically it wasn’t until I moved to America and took another Shakespeare acting class did the classic text really start to click. It began with the teacher, Lon (who studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company), his approach of not being fearful of the text was refreshing. Especially for the Americans taking the course who felt, wrongly, somehow inadequate.
So – the following is a very interesting documentary programme that played on the BBC last night and some kind soul has uploaded it. It details the incredible First Folio and its history. I was lucky enough to see an original last year in Stratford-upon-avon during my Shakespeare tour. So. Take a look and view the history behind the famous priceless book and the differences between the Folio and the quartos.
PS… if you wish, you can buy a facsimile copy of the First Folio on Amazon. How great is that?