Leeds University Library

Treasures gallery: China in Shakespeare's England

Published Monday 4 April 2016

Portrait of William Shakespeare

Find out what Shakespeare really knew about China, 5.15pm, 20 April

"My lady's a Cathayan" says Sir Toby Belch in "Twelfth Night". But what does he mean?

Did Shakespeare really know anything about China? Join Professor Martin Butler as he looks for traces of China in 16th and 17th century culture, exploring plays, poems, travel books, music and pots.

Visit the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery from 5.15pm to view material from the University's Special Collections before the talk begins at 6pm.

This talk is part of a series of events for the William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu: celebrating a 400 year legacy project.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 20 April 2016

Location: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court, University of Leeds

Time: 5.15 - 7pm

Cost: This event is free but places are limited so please book in advance online.

For more information, please contact the Gallery via email or telephone.