Favourite Shakespeare Quotes

Jonny Hannah © RSC – Image Licensing


28 Oct – 23 Dec 2016

Mezzanine Level, Barbican Centre

Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican


A visual feast of Shakespeare’s most memorable and inspiring lines. Writers, actors and poets have selected their favourite quotes to be transformed into surprising and beautiful artworks by artists and craftspeople.

The exhibition includes a range of disciplines and techniques, spanning from illustration to calligraphy and stone carving, with works by An Endless Supply, Gary Breeze, Gareth Courage, Jonny Hannah, Harrington & Squires, Soraya Syed, The Brilliant Sign Company, Karina Thompson.


A first version of Well Said! took place at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, from 19 March to 18 September 2016. It included additional artworks by James Bulley, Lara Harwood, Paula Garfield and Freee.   


Letterpress printers Harrington & Squires have created their artwork inspired by a quote from The Winter’s Tale, selected by novelist Jeanette Winterson. Watch a video about making the artwork.

HERMIONE: My life stands in the level of your dreams, which I’ll lay down.
LEONTES: Your actions are my dreams.
The Winter’s Tale, Act 3, Scene 2

Illustrator Lara Harwood has created her artwork inspired by a quote from The Tempest, selected by novelist Margaret Atwood. Watch a video about making the artwork

These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air,
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1