Shakespeare is probably the most recognisable name in both theatre and play history. Having produced 37 plays and over 150 sonnets, his name is synonymous with British culture. Plays and story lines such as Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Hamlet have been consistently copied, reimagined and have shaped contemporary theatre. Therefore, the British Library is commemorating his work in an exclusive exhibition. Showcasing what made Shakespeare the icon he is, and how his plays have been constantly reinvented across the centuries, this exhibition aims to journey through 400 years of Shakespeare history. Over 200 unique and rare items related to Shakespeare will be on display, including the only surviving play-script that Shakespeare held, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet from 1603, and Shakespeare’s First Folio. There will be thought-provoking moments in Shakespeare history to think about, such as the first stage appearance of a female actress in 1660, or the first performance of Othello by a black actor in 1825. Delve into a world of Shakespeare history this month, and find out things you never knew before about the British playwright.
📅 15 April – 6 Sept 2016: Monday to Thursday 9.30AM – 8PM, Friday 9.30AM – 6PM, Saturday 9.30AM – 5PM, Sunday 11AM – 5PM