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Shakespeare 400



Shakespeare 400 identity

The Library  joined the international celebrations to commemorate the life and work of William Shakespeare, marking the 400th anniversary of his death on the 23 April.

As the home of Shakespeare in Australia, this year the Library staged a major program to highlight the Bard’s unrivalled cultural significance and how his work continues to inspire today.

Acclaimed Australian singer/storyteller Paul Kelly headlined Shakespeare 400 with the launch of his new Shakespeare-inspired album, Seven Sonnets & A Song, in the Mitchell Library Reading Room.

Other highlights included: silent film festival, trivia night, sonnet slam and a free fan day featuring roving performers from Bell Shakespeare, a fairy grotto, drawing workshops with award-winning children’s author Leigh Hobbs, and much more.

Australia’s only complete set of Shakespeare’s four folios was on show in the AMAZE Gallery, along with other extraordinary Shakespeariana from the Library’s rich collections. It is now travelling throughout regional NSW as it goes on tour to public libraries around the state.

You can visit the stunning Shakespeare Room – arguably one of the most unusual places in Australia - every Tuesday from 10am to 4pm.

Check this page regularly or follow #Shakespeare400 for updates on Shakespeare 400.

In the following chapters you'll discover the fascinating story behind Shakespeare's First Folio as well as other stories featuring Shakespeare in the Library.