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The Shakespeare Lecture

Shakespeare Droeshout portrait, 1623 (public domain)The Shakespeare Lecture was established in 1992. Friends of the McGill Library events such as the Shakespeare Lecture create a strong presence in the community, and build awareness of the Library’s role in the life and outreach of McGill.

A vast amount of material on Shakespeare is available throughout the McGill Library system with most of our holdings residing at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library and in our Rare Books and Special Collections. Some of the earliest editions of Shakespeare’s plays can be consulted in Rare Books and Special Collections, including, notably, a copy of the Second Folio (1632) of collected plays, and two copies of the Fourth Folio (1685). Like the rarer Third Folio (1663; 1664), the Fourth Folio includes seven plays not part of the First (1623) or Second Folios, most of which are now considered spurious. This fourth and last of the great seventeenth-century folio publications of Shakespeare’s plays was an important source for later editions.  Rare Books and Special Collections also has a 1598 quarto of Richard II.  Over the years, the Library has been fortunate to receive gifts, both financially and in kind to strengthen the collection of materials on Shakespeare. This could not have accomplished without the support and contribution from many of our friends and donors.

The Shakespeare Lecture is presented in partnership with the Stratford Shakespeare festival and sponsored by Michael Sabia and Hilary Pearson.

Upcoming

  • 2015 lecture details to be confirmed

Past lectures

  • Martha Henry, Actor, Director, Teacher, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
    A conversation with Martha Henry
    November 4, 2014
  • Seana McKenna, Actor, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
    Shakespeare in 3D: An Actor's Point of View
    November 12, 2013
  • Lucy Peacock, Actor, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
    Work. Prayer. Carnival. My Journey With Shakespeare
    October 25, 2012
  • Antoni Cimolino, General Director, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
    Why I Believe in Shakespeare
    October 24, 2011
  • Paul Yachnin
    The Beast in Shakespeare: How an Animal became the World's Greatest Writer
    March 4, 2010
  • Albert Schultz
    From Page to Stage: Shakespeare the Director
    March 19, 2009
  • Barbara Hodgdon
    Bride-ing the Shrew: Costumes that Matter
    March 18, 2008
  • Gareth Armstrong and Kenneth Gross
    Shakespeare and the Jews
    March 29, 2007
  • Prof. Michael Bristol
    King Lear is a member of my family
    Or What I’ve learned from my students

    March 23, 2006
  • Prof. Paul Yachnin & Prof. Desmond Manderson
    Love on Trial: Same-Sex Marriage in the Court of Shakespeare September 27, 2004
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Roux
    Translating Shakespeare in French: Enjoyment and Torture
    March 24, 1998
  • Mr. Maurice Podbrey
    Shakespeare: From the Classroom to the Stage
    March 10, 1997
  • Prof. Leanore Lieblein
    Shakespeare in Quebec
    March 14, 1996
  • Prof. John Ripley
    From Drunken Catherine to Joyous Juliet: Shakespeare on Stage in the Nineteenth Century Montreal
    March 15, 1995
  • Prof. Peter Daly
    Visual and Symbolic Approaches to Shakespeare
    March 15, 1994
  • Prof. Roger Williams
    The Ides of March: An Evening of Shakespeare
    March 16, 1992