230 copies of Shakespeare’s first folio are known to exist. One was recently found in a Scottish stately home which will go on public display. Professor of Shakespeare, Emma Smith from Oxford University authenticated the folio and classified it as ‘astonishing’ to have found another first folio they did not know existed. Oxford University’s copy of Shakespeare’s play was sold in 2003 for £3.5m. Printed seven years after Shakespeare’s death, without this folio, there would be no copies of plays such as Twelfth Night, Macbeth and The Tempest. Students on our Oxford Advanced Studies Program are able to study Shakespeare in Brasenose College, Oxford University.
The world famous playwright is coming up to the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23. Having passed away in 1616, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon is open to the public for visitors. Students on our Bucksmore Oxford programmes have the unique opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace.