Shakespeare: staging the world - Curators' Introduction (Talk with speech-to-text transcription)
The British Museum is staging a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This 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.
Project Curator Becky Allen gives a 45-minute illustrated introduction to the exhibition, discussing its context, themes and highlights.
Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. The talk is FREE and early booking is strongly advised. There will be a charge for viewing the exhibition. The event will be held in the BP Lecture Theatre.
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.
Please note that online booking is also available, using the website link below.
Event detailsFri 2 Nov 2012, 1:15pm
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