London 1612: Shakespeare’s Theatre of the World, will open in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and will explore the role of the capital as an emerging international city 400 years ago, interpreted through his plays.
The blockbuster show will include more than 150 exhibits, including important paintings from national and private collections, rare jewels and manuscripts including a First Folio of Shakepeare’s plays.
Leading Shakespearean actors, including Simon Callow, are also expected to take part in a “performance” section of the exhibition, where actors will be filmed and recorded performing excerpts from Shakespeare’s works.
Objects linked to Shakespeare’s plays that will go on display include the Ides of March coin, a rare a gold coin dating from 43-42 BC commemorating the murder of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC, one of the most famous political assassinations in history.
Shakespeare dramatised the killing for his play Julius Caesar, which includes one of the most memorable lines in literature when Caesar turns to his friend Brutus and says: “Et tu, Brute?”
Story by Roya Nikkhah