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.
*Children under 16 are admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult, and do require a ticket.
Image adapted from an engraving of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout from the Third Folio of 1663–1664. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Supported by BP