How do we understand Shakespeare today versus one hundred, two hundred, or three hundred years ago? Through efforts like archaeological digs and excavations, studies of word spelling and linguistic patterns, researchers and experts can reconstruct an early modern theatre experience: plays performed in original pronunciation inside facsimile Elizabethan theatres. The Bodleian Libraries, Folger Shakespeare Libraries, and many others have created online, open-access copies of The First Folio, which enable his work to be obtained quickly, easily, and globally. The extent of Shakespeare research and performance is truly boundless as it is continually and freshly explored. Indeed, seeking Shakespeare today does not end with seeking the Shakespeare of 400 years ago, but finding Shakespeare in our modern world, constantly re-evaluating and re-interpreting him in the 21st century.
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