Programs & Exhibitions

“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare

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“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare

Curated by Margaret K. Powell, W. S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director


Joseph R. Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English

March 12 – August 8, 2012

“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare, showed 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 illustrated how, on stage and off, Garrick influenced the public’s view of Shakespeare, inspiring what Bernard Shaw later called “bardolatry.”

This exhibition was presented in connection with Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of events celebrating the Bard. For more information click here.

To view the exhibition brochure click here.