Today is the 450th. anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare and we shall not let it pass unmarked.
The Folio Society have issued a limited edition of the poems, sonnets and plays, printed by letterpress and bound by hand. The complete set will cost you £11,555, but if that's beyond the budget, you can read all about it here, and watch these videos of the craftsmen and women involved in the project at work:
The Treasures of William Shakespeare by Catherine M.S. Alexander has been produced in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is large and lavishly illustrated, and begins by setting the Elizabethan scene into which Shakespeare was born; it follows him to London, looks at his contemporaries, the world of the court and the theatre, and then moves on to his works themselves, examining the "infinite variety" with which the plays have been adapted for stage and screen.
The book includes 20 removable facsimile documents such as extracts from the First Folio of 1623, and from the prompt book for a 1965 production of Twelfth Night directed by Sir John Gielgud; Shakespeare's marriage bond and will, and the entry of his burial in the parish register; and in addition there is a 53-minute CD of classic excerpts from the plays.
The play's the thing, and Shakespeare's Globe are going to take one of the plays right around the world over the next two years, performing Hamlet in all 187 countries. Their Globe to Globe Hamlet project is looking for funding via Kickstarter, so click here to watch the video about their plans and back them if you will, and here for more information including tour dates and venues.