New exhibition from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Date Posted: 14/03/2013

A new exhibition from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare’s Treasures at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon will feature priceless objects from its collection, many of them on public display for the first time.

Shakespeare’s Treasures, running from 18th March, will include the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust copy of the Cobbe portrait, the only portrait of Shakespeare believed to have been painted from life, on display in the UK for the first time since it was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 2010.

Other rare items on display for the first time include the only surviving letter written to Shakespeare, a map of ‘Shakespeare’s county’ of Warwickshire in 1576, and Holinshed’s Chronicles published in 1577, one of the books from which Shakespeare drew inspiration for his characters and stories.

Shakespeare’s legacy through the ages

The exhibition explores Shakespeare’s global legacy through objects such as an 18th century fan with a French translation of the Seven Ages of Man (As You Like It), 19th century German translations of Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It by von Schlegal and Tieck, and a 20th century Klingon translation of Hamlet for the Star Trek generation.

A school trip to Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The trust offers a wide range of educational sessions for school groups, from Key Stage 2 to A- Level.

Entry to Shakespeare’s Treasures is included in the ticket price for the centre.

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