For All Time: Shakespeare in Yorkshire



After Shakespeare's death his friend Ben Jonson wrote in tribute, "He was not of an age, but for all time!"

Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, this remarkable exhibition displays for the first time in one place the rare Shakespeare materials left to Leeds University Library by Lord Brotherton. It looks at how Shakespeare dramatised Yorkshire history, and explores how directors today are still using his work to ask questions about regional identity.

Shakespeare's history plays dealt with England's unstable political past. His comedies and tragedies featured cosmopolitan settings, intense rhetoric and witty wordplay. His popularity has lasted and his works are now desirable collectors' items.

Lord Brotherton of Wakefield (1856-1930) was one of the country's leading private collectors of rare books and manuscripts. On his death he left his remarkable collection to Leeds University Library, including the holy grail of book collecting, the four 17th-century Shakespeare folios. He also collected "apocrypha", books that had Shakespeare's name on the title page but were in fact by other writers. These include A Yorkshire Tragedie, telling the story of a murder in Calverley in 1605.


Type Price
Tickets Free and open to all.


05/09/2016 - 31/01/2017

Opening Hours

Mon 13:00 17:00
Tue 10:00 17:00
Wed 10:00 17:00
Thu 10:00 17:00
Fri 10:00 17:00
Sat 10:00 17:00

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