McKim Exhibition Hall
Central Library in Copley Square (hours and directions)
October 14, 2016‒March 31, 2017

Shakespeare Unauthorized pulls back the curtain on four hundred years of collaboration, confusion, and even literary deception that surround the plays, poems, and life of William Shakespeare. Through an unprecedented exhibition of the Boston Public Library’s world-class collections, visitors can view some of the rarest, most extraordinary books in the world and learn about the countless men and women who have made and remade the works of a literary icon.

Discover Shakespeare Unauthorized.

Shakespeare Unauthorized is made possible through the financial support of Iron Mountain Incorporated.

Funding for cataloging, conservation, digitization, and curation was provided by the Associates of the Boston Public Library and The Boston Foundation.

 

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Central Library in Copley Square
(hours and directions)
September 3, 2016‒February 26, 2017

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.

Click here for a virtual tour.

 

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library

All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library programming includes author talks, poetry readings, lectures, theatrical performances, book clubs, film screenings, youth programs, workshops, and more.

Click on the links below to explore areas of interest.

The programs and performances presented as part of All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library, were made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Boston Public Library Foundation.