There are only 21 days left for visitors to see all four of Shakespeare’s Folios on display at the same time!
The four folios are often considered to be the “holy grail” of book collecting so we are delighted that we’ve been able to showcase them for six months in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.
Other highlights in the soon to be changing For All Time: Shakespeare in Yorkshire exhibition include Poems vvritten by Wil.Shake-speare Gent, a first edition of The Workes of Ben Jonson and archival material from the West Yorkshire Playhouse Collection. We are also displaying apocrypha: books that have Shakespeare’s name on the title page but were written by someone else.
We have two special Shakespeare-related events in January. On Wednesday 25 January, Professor Martin Butler from the University’s School of English will be presenting an illustrated lecture on The Workes of Ben Jonson, 400 years after it was published. Jonson’s Workes was the first English printed collection to be made up primarily of plays performed on the public stage.
Professor Butler will look at the book in detail, examining how it came to be made and the features of its printing. He will explore the personal and cultural context in which it has to be read.
The second event will be two performances of A Yorkshire Tragedie by the students from stage@leeds company on Monday 30 January. Taking place at 12.30pm and 5.30pm, the intense, condensed performances will interpret the 1605 story of how Walter Calverley killed his two sons and stabbed his wife.
Despite often being attributed to Shakespeare, the play was actually written by Thomas Middleton. It is not generally well known amongst modern audiences. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to experience the drama of a little known 17th century play.