Monday, March 05, 2012

'Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare in Scottish Collections'

... is an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland which tells the stories behind Edinburgh's two world-class collections of Shakespearean and other early printed drama.

The exhibition explores the lives of the writers, readers, critics and patrons who helped bring together these collections of Shakespeare's plays and works about him. Prominent among these are figures as various as William Drummond, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, James Halliwell-Phillipps and John Dover Wilson. In exploring their lives as readers, writers and collectors, the exhibition sheds light on some of the ways in which Shakespeare has been published, adapted, invoked and exchanged over four centuries.

The lives and activities of these collectors also reveal something of the range of Scottish responses to Shakespeare over the centuries, and the exhibition asks what his work means in and to Scotland today.

'Beyond Macbeth' runs to 29 April.

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