To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Melbourne University, in conjunction with the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Theatre Company, presents After Shakespeare, an exhibition of books, papers and artefacts that explore the poet’s posthumous legacy for the world and Australia.
There is a particular focus on how Shakespeare has been received in Australia, from the earliest colonial times to the present. The exhibition brings together two of only five known Australian copies of the Second Folio of Shakespeare’s works (1632), a unique promptbook for a slated Gold Rush era performance of Antony and Cleopatra at Melbourne’s Theatre Royal in 1856, and a fascinating range of production artefacts and ephemera.
After Shakespeare also contains photos, marketing materials, costumes and props from MTC’s many Shakespearean productions, from our 1954 production of Twelfth Night (pictured) to our 2012 production of Queen Lear. Check out our image gallery to revisit other MTC Shakespeare productions.
After Shakespeare runs through to January 2017 in the Noel Shaw Gallery of the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
For the full range of commemorative events in Shakespeare 400 Melbourne click here.