The donation marks something of a homecoming for the texts, many of which were originally written to be performed in the landmark Southbank venue. Speaking about his donation, Wolfson, himself a sometime playwright, said: “I consider myself fortunate to have found a place as appropriate for my books as Shakespeare’s Globe. For here it will be possible for the collection which I have put together, to remain together, and to be used to great advantage by students, scholars and educators for generations to come.”
Globe chief executive Peter Kyle said: “We are delighted and privileged that John Wolfson has bequeathed his wonderful collection to us … We are running a fundraising campaign for a new library to appropriately store and give access to these rare books to the wider world.” It is hoped the new library will increase the Globe’s appeal as a destination for students and Shakespeare scholars from around the world.
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