The British museum has undertaken the seemingly impossible task of creating a museum exhibit dedicated to the playwright William Shakespeare in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The exhibit focuses on what has been termed Shakespeare’s World, both real and imagined. The first room of which is devoted to the First Folio, which was circulated in institutions housing imprisoned ANC officials and features signatures from imprisoned notables, such as Nelson Mandela.
Many of the items on display relate to specific imagery found within Shakespeare’s works. Maps, weapons, paintings and more adorn the walls of the British Museum exhibit and give tangible depictions of artifacts mentioned in Shakespeare’s works. From Othello’s “sword of Spain” to the Marmoset mentioned in The Tempest, visitors can give shape to words written throughout Shakespeare’s volumes.
Several video screens throughout the exhibit depict actual performances of RSC actors and actresses performing Shakespeare’s plays, and giving real voices to the text so many of us are now familiar with.
The exhibit also features lectures, study days, and film screenings to add to the overall experience of the exhibit. Even though Shakespeare never ventured far from his home, it is vividly apparent his imagination allowed him to wander the earth.