Shakespeare: Staging the World
Opens: 19/07/2012 Closes: 25/11/2012 The British Museum, LondonExamining Shakespeare's London, this also looks at the role of his famous playhouse, not just in the entertainment world but as a ‘stage' for the key issues of his day. It's an absolute must for any Bard fan, and a neat history/ literature tie-in. Includes objects excavated from the Globe and Rose theatres, and artifacts pertaining to the playwright's finest works. For more information visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/shakespeare_staging_the_world.aspx Buy: http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/invt/mexshake?__utma=1.965896750.1339161341.13…
The Independent“A triumph of detail and invention...” The display encompasses real and imaginary worlds. It starts in London with a 1647 map where the main features are St Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, the Tower of London, and the Globe, amusingly mislabelled as a bear-baiting house...
Evening Standard“The exhibition, on the other hand, is above all things evocative...” The catalogue should be in every school library in the land. Indeed, every such library should have 20 copies in armour-plated bindings that will survive a century of careless handling...
The Arts Desk“Unmissable...” Begins in Elizabethan London and fetches up on Prospero’s mysterious island. It passes along the way through the pastoral retreat of the forest, the twin realms of classical Rome and regal England, before putting in at Venice’s busy migrants' hub
New Statesman“A small, perfectly formed exhibition...” Time and again Shakespeare ransacked other worlds to stage contemporary debate. We get some sense of the traffic of objects and people that was beginning to flow into London, and feed this imagination...
Guardian“A brilliant exhibition...” Shakespeare, as Bate says, may never have left these shores, but "he travelled in his imagination". This exhibition gives one rare access to his geographically expansive and multi-peopled world...
The Telegraph“The objects in this show work on several levels at once...” It’s impossible here to do more than skim the surface of this remarkable exhibition, one of the best I’ve ever seen anywhere. The catalogue by Bate and Thornton is well worth reading for its own sake, and once you start you won’t be able to sto
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