Two exhibitions have taken place at the National Library of Scotland which celebrate the collections relating to Shakespeare and early modern drama held by the National Library of Scotland and the Library of the University of Edinburgh.

The 2011-12 exhibition

‘Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare in Scottish Collections’ used the stories of the people who assembled these collections to show how Shakespeare’s plays have inspired readers, writers and scholars, and how they have been assembled and dissected over the centuries.

This exhibition ran at the National Library of Scotland from 9 December 2011 to 29 April 2012.

A version of the label text is available for download as a pdf.

The 1964 exhibition

The 1964 exhibition was called ‘Shakespeare: An exhibition of printed books to mark the quater-centenary of his birth’. It was held at NLS from 18 April to 30 June, and then at the University Library from 7 July to 30 September that year. John Dover Wilson wrote the introduction.

This exhibition set Shakespeare’s plays in the context of other books which influenced Shakespeare and illustrated the age in which they were written, and then displayed a range of editions and adaptations from the following centuries.