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Priceless Shakespearean texts donated to the Globe

Published: Sunday 16th of November 2008

Shakespeare's Globe, on London's Bankside, has received a priceless cohort of editions of the Bard's work.

The bequest by the wealthy American owner John Wolfson will see 450 pieces make their way to the London theatre.

Included in the collection is an edition of the first folio, which was an expensive and exclusive edition of Shakespeare's dramatic works published in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death.

Based on recent auctions, well-preserved editions of the approximately 230 surviving copies of the first folio can be worth several millions of pounds.

Shakespeare's Globe is currently undergoing a major project to replace its thatched roof in keeping with traditional construction methods of the original Globe building, which burnt down in 1613 before being rebuilt a few years later.

LondonPass holders could see the master thatchers in action as they can enjoy a free tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre – a fantastic saving of £10.50 for adults and £6.50 for children.

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