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'Shakespeare's Dead' exhibition launches in Oxford

The First Folio Image copyright Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Image caption The exhibition features the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays from about 1623

An exhibition about death in the works of Shakespeare has opened in Oxford ahead of the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.

Shakespeare's Dead is running at the Bodleian's Weston Library, featuring early versions of Romeo and Juliet and Venus and Adonis.

The collection also includes poetry and plays by his contemporaries.

Curator Emma Smith said the visitors would "rediscover Shakespeare in a whole new light."

A specially-commissioned animated film by artist Tom Cross, based on local primary school pupils' drawings of Shakespearean death scenes, also features in the exhibition.

The exhibition will run until 18 September.

Image copyright Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Image caption An engraving of Hamlet commissioned by John Boydell in the 18th century
Image copyright Oxfordshire Museums Service
Image caption A painting of a knight based on a 16th Century Dance of Death scene
Image copyright Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Image caption The only surviving copy of the first edition of Venus and Adonis

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