At the Central Library

Shakespeare's Here and Everywhere

Shakespeare’s Here and Everywhere

Central Library in Copley Square (Norman B. Leventhal Map Center)
September 3, 2016 through February 26, 2017

Gallery hours:
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Guided Exhibition Tours
1st Wednesdays and 3rd Fridays ● 12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Tying her duty, beauty, wit and fortunes
in an extravagant and wheeling stranger
of here and everywhere.
– Roderigo, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
(Act 1 Scene 1)


William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Europe, Asia, and Africa, from classical times to the Renaissance. How did he and other authors, mapmakers, and readers of his day imagine foreign and often-exotic settings, the “other” as well as the familiar? What roles do place, identity, and travel play in his comedies, tragedies, and histories? Armchair travel with the Bard to “here, and everywhere” by exploring these questions and more through maps, atlases, and illustrations of Shakespeare’s time and beyond. View the online exhibition.