In the lead up to Shakespeare’s birthday week, here are a couple of of interesting items I’ve mentioned before but are worth repeating:
Shakespeare’s Restless World is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 16 April to 11 May, at 13.45 and 19.45 on weekdays.
Neil MacGregor explores the world of Shakespeare and his audience through twenty objects from that turbulent period. Series begins on Monday 16 April 2012 at 1.45pm on BBC Radio 4.
Shakespeare: staging the world opens at the British Museum on 19 July 2012. Supported by BP in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Part of the World Shakespeare Festival and London 2012 Festival.
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
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.