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World of William Shakespeare brought to life at British Museum's exhibition

07-20-2012 09:09 BJT

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The world of William Shakespeare is being brought to life in the 21st century at an exhibition at the British Museum in London. Drawing on historical records and artifacts, and using modern multimedia, it aims to show how 16th century London, the world in which Shakespeare lived, became an influence and an inspiration for many of his plays.

Crossing the generations, Shakespeare’s works are truly timeless. Former South African President Nelson Mandela certainly was inspired, when he was a political prisoner during the Apartheid era.

Dr. Dora Thornton, curator of British Museum, said, "We’ll open it at Nelson Mandela’s signature on a passage from Julius Caesar about the nature of courage which I think will move anyone who looks at it, in thinking about what Shakespeare has meant to people even in terrible conditions of probation across the centuries, across time, across continents."

Theater became popular in England 400 years ago. This bear skull was discovered at the site of a former theater. It was once popular to visit bear baiting pits before going to see a play. It’s just one of the 190 items on display at the new Shakespeare exhibition at the British Museum in London.

A portrait of the Moroccan Ambassador to Queen Elizabeth the first is also featured. He’s widely thought to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s character Othello. All the exhibits are designed to give an insight into the mind of the famous English bard.

Visitors will be able to get a good look at Shakespeare’s world from July 19th to November 25th.

Known as the Robben Island Bible, the copy of the complete works of
Shakespeare used by ANC prisoners in the 1970s, including Nelson
Mandela (signed top left). Photograph: British Museum

An engraving of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout is displayed as part of
"The 'First Folio' William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies" by
Shakespeare dated 1623, during the press view of the "Shakespeare: staging the
world" exhibition at the British Museum in London, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

A woman looks at designs for the union flag of 'Great Britain', dated about 1604,
which were part of King James I's unfulfilled dream of unifying England and
Scotland during the press view of the "Shakespeare: staging the world" exhibition
at the British Museum in London, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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