First edition of Shakespeare’s plays to visit Tulane _lowres

The First Folio of Shakespeare plays recently discovered in Saint-Omer in France, is displayed after a press conference at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The edition, which will be exhibited at the Globe in 2016 the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeares' death, is one of 230 copies of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio and is notable for its scribbled stage directions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) ORG XMIT: LMD105

Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University has been selected to host “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition featuring the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays.

The exhibition, which will take place in the spring of 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death.

Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors to preserve the works for future generations, “First Folio” was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death. It features 36 plays, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night”and “Hamlet.”

The month-long exhibit will take place in the spring and feature a second line headed by Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Tulane was selected as the Louisiana host site for the exhibition by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, home to the largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from 1500 to 1750.

Tulane will collaborate with local libraries and universities and the Historic New Orleans Collection in hosting the exhibition.