Shakespeare's importance to Scotland

Hands holding first edition of Shakespeare's collected plays
The First Folio — the first collected
edition of Shakespeare's plays.

What does England's bard mean to Scotland? That is the question explored in the National Library of Scotland’s new exhibition.

'Beyond Macbeth' looks at Shakespeare's reputation across four centuries through the eyes of key figures with Scottish connections.


World-class exhibits

Between them they helped bring together editions of Shakespeare's works and related material, now held in two world-class collections in Edinburgh. Items from these collections at NLS and at the University of Edinburgh are featured in the exhibition. 

Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see some of the earliest surviving examples of Shakespeare's works. This includes the First Folio of his collected plays from 1623, seven years after he died.


Hands-on activities

Shakespeare's texts were often edited, changed and written on as they were performed.

This is reflected in the exhibition which encourages visitors to put their own stamp on Shakespeare by playing with his words in different ways.

Until 29 April the exhibition is open daily, except on public holidays, and admission is free.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, it is a joint venture between NLS and the University of Edinburgh.

Read more in the Shakespeare exhibition press release.


9 December 2011

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