Shakespeare's Dead

22 April 2016 18 September 2016


ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library (Map)


To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Bodleian Libraries will be displaying a major exhibition that confronts the theme of death itself in Shakespeare's works.

Shakespeare's Dead provides a unique take on the subject by exploring how Shakespeare used the anticipation of death, the moment of death and mourning the dead as contexts to bring characters to life. The exhibition will feature tragic characters from Shakespeare's works including Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare's Dead also looks at last words spoken, funerals and mourning as well as life after death, including ghosts and characters who come back to life. These themes will be explored using key items from the Bodleian's famous literary collections that include Shakespeare's First Folio and the first Shakespeare playbook (Romeo & Juliet), a number of early editions and an extensive collection of plays and poetry by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

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Opening times:
Monday to Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Image of front cover of Shakespeare's Dead publicationView our Shakespeare's Dead themed gifts, including our book, Shakespeare's Dead, written by the exhibition curators, Emma Smith and Simon Palfrey.


Admission free

This event is listed under: Exhibitions; Free events
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