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Participate in upcoming Shakespeare events at UM

If Romeo and Juliet is ringing in your ears or you see people dressed up in clothes that appear to be 400 years old and carrying swords, you’re still in Oxford.

The University of Mississippi is celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and a rare copy of his First Folio is on display this spring at the school’s Gertrude C. Ford Center.

The First Folio is the term scholars use to discuss “Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies,” which is a collection of 36 plays published in 1623. It also includes 18 previously unpublished works.

How big of a deal is this? Pretty big. Only 233 copies of the book are known to exist.

A three-week observance of having the folio in town will include many events at the university and at the Powerhouse. There will be performances, workshops and master classes. There will be events that are for children on up to academic scholars. There are also events that incorporate the entire family.

The events, from April 11 to May 1, can be found on the university’s website and have been posted in our community calendar. The events are all free, and we encourage you to visit one or more and get a literary fix.