Shakespeare's Dead

About the exhibition

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Bodleian Libraries will present a major exhibition, fittingly called Shakespeare's Dead, which will reveal the unique ways in which Shakespeare brings dying, death and the dead to life.

The exhibition is curated by two University of Oxford English professors, Simon Palfrey and Emma Smith, whose Image of the front page of Shakespeare's First Folio, Bodleian Libraries innovative research on this subject underpins the exhibition's content.

The exhibition features many gems from the Bodleian's world-famous collections, including Shakespeare's First Folio, the earliest editions of his works including Romeo & Juliet and Venus and Adonis, and many other original quarto playbooks. Shakespeare's own works will be accompanied by illuminating examples of poetry, sermons, pamphlets, plays, diaries and illustrations by Shakespeare's predecessors and contemporaries across Europe.


S T Lee Gallery, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


This exhibition is now closed.


 The curators

  • Professor Simon Palfrey, Tutorial Fellow in English, Fellow Librarian and Archivist, University of Oxford
  • Professor Emma Smith, Tutorial Fellow in English and Fellow Librarian, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Oxford

This unique exhibition explores a fascinating theme in Shakespeare's works

- Emma Smith, co-curator of Shakespeare's Dead -


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