July 19th, 2012

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Shakespeare: staging the world, British Museum

Image adapted from an engraved portrait of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout from the Third Folio of 1663–1664, originally engraved for the First Folio of 1623.
Photo credit: http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/exhibition-tickets/shakespeare-staging-the-world/invt/mexshake/

The Shakespeare Exhibition at the British Museum is now open.

Cut and pasted from the British Museum Website:

The BP exhibition
Shakespeare: staging the world

19 July – 25 November 2012

The British Museum is staging a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The exhibition provides a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city, seen through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare’s plays. It also explores the pivotal role of the playhouse as a window to the world outside London, and the playwright’s importance in shaping a new sense of national identity.

London as it was around 400 years ago is brought to life through contemporary performance and amazing objects drawn from the Museum’s collection and across Europe. Maps, prints, drawings and paintings, arms and armour, coins, medals and other intriguing objects are all examined through the lens of Shakespeare’s plays.

Part of the World Shakespeare Festival which is part of London 2012 Festival.

All the information about the exhibition can be found here:

The press release can be found here:

Finally, there is a great review from the Telegraph here:
Richard Dorment is dazzled by a show that uses both artefacts and film to immerse you in the playwright’s life and times:

I will obviously be going to see this at some point over the Summer and I am really looking forward to it. In a year jam packed with Cultural Highlights, I am expecting this to be one of the best!