September 23, 2016 - December 31, 2016
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Creating Shakespeare is an exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s creative process as well as the countless ways in which he and his work have been re-created, re-imagined, and re-invented over the past four centuries. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare—and the beginning of his illustrious afterlife as a literary icon and cultural phenomenon. The Newberry is celebrating with a multi-gallery exhibition dedicated to the Bard and the countless writers, printers, actors, musicians, and artists who have created him anew again and again.
Most of the nearly 200 objects on display come from the Newberry’s collection; the rest will appear on loan from other institutions, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the British Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Highlights include the first-ever printing of Hamlet; Chicago’s only copy of the 1623 First Folio; a costume worn by famous 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth for the role of Iago in Othello; and video clips from Ruth Page’s never-publicly-performed choreography for Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Taming of the Shrew.