Shake­speare on the town

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In 1623, when Santa Fe was still in its in­fancy, two ac­tors in Lon­don who had worked with Wil­liam Shake­speare in the the­ater com­pany known as the King’s Men com­piled 36 of their late col­league’s plays and had them pub­lished in an over­size vol­ume that has since be­come known as the First Fo­lio. A rare orig­i­nal copy of the First Fo­lio, on tour from the Fol­ger Shake­speare Li­brary in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., will be dis­played at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art be­gin­ning Fri­day, Feb. 5, sup­ple­mented by an abun­dance of an­cil­lary ex­hi­bi­tions and pub­lic pro­grams around town. On the cover is a paint­ing of the play­wright — known as the Cobbe por­trait — thought to be the only por­trait of Shake­speare painted in his life­time.

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