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3. Shakespeare: Staging the World

The Bard. (British Museum)

The British Museum’s show, Shakespeare: Staging the World, which opens July 13, is aimed at showing the London of 400 years ago as it was portrayed in the Bard’s plays. The exhibit also outlines the birth of the modern professional theater and how it helped to form a national identity. Among the items on display are a portrait of the Moroccan ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I, a picture that , according to the museum, may have influenced Shakespeare’s writing of Othello, as well as a real Ides of March coin, commissioned by Brutus shortly after he had assassinated Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. And because this is an exhibit in 2012, produced in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company, there will be lots of video.

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By Paul Hechinger