Shakespeare Onstage-Offstage

Shakespeare Onstage—Offstage is a collection of live performances, lectures, special events and online activities.
Shakespeare Onstage—Offstage is a collection of live performances, lectures, special events and online activities.

A community celebration of the Bard

Events, lectures and more took place during Fall 2013

This six-week special event, which started on September 10, was a community celebration of the Bard with exhibits and special events to engage the young at heart—children, youth, and adults.

Venues included libraries, theatres, art galleries, classrooms, concert halls, and pubs. For more information visit UVic's Internet Shakespeare Editions.

See the full schedule of events. The following exhibitions were free and open to the public:

Falstaff and Music

Mearns Centre for Learning–McPherson Library,
Special Collections/lower level Room A005
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
September 16–November 29, 2013

Shakespeare’s character of Falstaff has inspired composers over the centuries. Falstaff’s history was traced through this exhibit of rare books, scores, and performance artifacts from the University of Victoria’s Special Collections.

Shakespeare’s “Big Books”

Title page from the First Folio (1623). Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.
Title page from the First Folio (1623). Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

The Shakespeare First Folio (courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto) is the first collected edition of his plays. This exhibit highlighted why these iconic books have held people’s fascination through the centuries. All four 17th-century folios were together for the first time in BC.

Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street
Wednesday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
September 21–October 23, 2013

The Libraries of the National Trust, A Grand Tour

As we launch the first University of Victoria Libraries Annual Lecture, join Mark Purcell, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society, for a tour of the private libraries of the land of Shakespeare. Free and open to the public.

Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library
Main Floor, Room 129
September 27, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Mark Purcell
Mark Purcell

Mark Purcell has been Libraries Curator to the National Trust since 1999.

He is responsible for what is almost certainly the largest group of historic libraries in the hands of a single organization anywhere in the world, comprising more than 170 collections in historic houses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, assembled between the fifteenth and the twentieth centuries.

A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society, Mark was educated at Oxford and University College, London, has lectured widely in Europe and the United States, and has published extensively on the history of private libraries in Britain and Ireland.

This was his first visit to Canada.