Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive, Special Collections, the McClay Library (QUB)

Shakespeare Lives through Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen - Exhibition

Few have done more to celebrate and popularise the work of Shakespeare than actor and director, Kenneth Branagh, born in Belfast in December 1960. From his early days at RADA Drama School to his present theatrical work, Branagh’s name has been closely intertwined with that of the Bard.

This exhibition celebrates Kenneth Branagh's remarkable – and prolific – career which has seen him breathe new life into Shakespeare on stage and screen, and open up the work of Shakespeare to a global audience. It was developed using unique archival materials from the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive in Special Collections, the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, which illustrate the actor-director’s remarkable Shakespearean career, from his debut as Henry V with the Royal Shakespeare Company aged just 23 to his Oscar-nominated screen adaptation of Hamlet, and beyond.

The exhibition represents a collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast and the British Council and has been successful toured to theatres, public libraries, universities and over 20 post-primary schools across the island of Ireland in 2017-18, 

Exhibition Composition

Large display panel: 2220 x 2106 mm

Roll up stand: 800 x 2150 mm

Exhibition leaflet: Hard copies available on request. Electronic version available to download below

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Shakespeare Lives Student Resources - Flyer

In 2016, British Council invited the world to take part in a programme of events and activities celebrating the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, on the 400th anniversary of his death. 

As a legacy of the programme, lots of great resources are available online for students of Shakespeare.  These include ‘Mix the Play’, an interactive platform that allows students to direct their own custom Shakespeare scene; ‘#ShakespeareNoFilter’, which retells three of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays through the lens of Instagram; and ‘Emoji Shakespeare’, a downloadable app that allows students to engage with Shakespeare in a fun, new way. 

Designed with students in mind, the pocket-sized flyer details some of the most engaging, interactive resources alongside their individual links and QR codes. 

Hard copies of the student flyer are available on request. Electronic version can be downloaded below.

To request the exhibition or hard copies of the leaflet/flyer, please contact: liz.mcbain@britishcouncil.org +44 (0) 777 616 5823. Please note there is no cost for the exhibition or materials.  


Exhibition/Student Flyer Curation and Text: Rosaleen Hickey

Exhibition Consultant: Prof. Mark Thornton Burnett, QUB

Thanks to: Special Collections, the McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast


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