Actors discuss favourite Shakespeare productions at viewing of £3m First Folio

Photographers and journalists are invited to attend a photo call with a group of actors and one of the world’s finest copies of Shakespeare’s complete works at the Guildhall on Friday (1 April) from 10am to 10.30am.

John Heffernan, whose TV credits include Luther, Dickensian, Ripper Street, and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and Edward II and Macbeth on stage, will be joined by rising stars, Patsy Ferran, who played Celia in the National Theatre’s 2015/16 production of As You Like It and appeared opposite Dame Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit in the West End, and Luke Thompson, who was widely acclaimed for his portrayal of Mark Antony in Julius Caesar at the Globe.

The group has been invited by the City of London Corporation to look through its copy of the 393-year old book, which is one of the most complete copies in existence and worth over £3million, and discuss their favourite Shakespeare productions and his influence in this 400th anniversary year of his death.


Notes for Editors:

Photographers are advised that the photo call will take place in The Chief Commoner’s Parlour, which is an ornate and subtly lit room.

For accreditation to attend the photo call, please contact:

Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer, City of London Corporation

Tel: 020 7332 1452 / Mobile: 07795 333060 / Email

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation. It supports and promotes the City as a world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in, and visiting the Square Mile. It also provides valued services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre, Barbican Music Library, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall Library, Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, London Metropolitan Archives, a range of education provision (including three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge), Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey, over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. The City of London Corporation is London’s Port Health Authority and also runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. For more details, visit