“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare, shows off the extraordinary contribution the actor David Garrick, arguably the eighteenth century’s greatest man of the theatre, made to the age’s understanding of Shakespeare. Displaying printed texts, manuscript letters, drawings, prints, and portraits, the exhibition illustrates how, on stage and off, Garrick influenced the public’s view of Shakespeare, inspiring what Bernard Shaw later called “bardolatry.”
Please note that because of the ongoing exterior renovation work being carried out on the Cowles House and twentieth-century additions to the Library, the exhibition has been suspended until September.
This exhibition is being presented in connection with Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of events celebrating the Bard. For more information click here.