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Shakespeare's First Folio: Introduction

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"All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts." - As You Like It

Thank you for visiting Kapiolani Community College Library's Shakespeare's First Folio Library Guide. You will find links to the library's holdings on Shakespeare's plays both physical and electronic. Use the table of contents on your left to browse through the sections, and check out the homepage for links to journal articles, videos, and interesting facts about Shakespeare!


"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." -Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare's First Folio was the first collection of his plays bound into a single volume. The folio was published in 1623 and is credited for preserving the playwright's work for future generations. The world would never have known about Shakespeare's plays without the First Folio. We would not have Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and his other great works.

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." - Hamlet

Check out a few of these journal articles on Shakespeare and his First Folio. Learn more about the mysterious playwright and speculate his greatness shrouded in time and mystery!

"But, for my own part, it was Greek to me." -Julius Caesar

Did you know? The English language owes much to Shakespeare. Much of what we speak today was inspired by Shakespeare's plays. For example, have you ever said that a movie was "so-so," or someone was a "piece of work?" That was from Shakespeare. Has your old Honda Civic "seen better days" or your car keys "vanished into thin air?" Yep, that was Shakespeare!

Something Rotten!

Shakespeare is so famous, he's got a broadway musical about how awesome he is (and how others think he's not THAT great)!

From the makers of The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q comes the musical comedy Something Rotten! Shakespeare's legacy is alive and well in many forms, including the art of musical theatre! Read about it below, but also be sure to check out the video and other songs from the musical once you click on the link!

"Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick (Brian d’Arcy James) and Nigel Bottom (John Cariani) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard” (Christian Borle). When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz.

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

The production, directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award® winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, is now playing on Broadway.

Something Rotten! stars Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Tony Award® winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony Award® nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), Tony Award® nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers), Kate Reinders (Wicked), Tony Award® nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Peter Bartlett (Cinderella), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Michael James Scott (The Book of Mormon)."

-- Something Rotten!

Shakespeare's 2,000 new words and phrases in over a minute!

Here's a short video on some of the words Shakespeare invented that we use today. It is a segment of a larger video that you can watch here: Logo and link to Films on Demand.

Check out Films on Demand for more videos on Shakespeare and a wide range of other subjects!

Prison Inmates Perform Shakespeare

Shakespeare goes beyond authors and actors. Check out this video where inmates use Shakespeare to express themselves. Also brought to you by Logo and link to Films on Demand.