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V&A celebrates Shakespeare Greatest Living Playwright

Date Posted: 07/02/2014

To mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth on 23rd April, Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright will run at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in its Theatre and Performance Galleries from 8th February to 21st September.

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright will take Shakespeare's First Folio as its centrepiece. This collected edition of 36 of Shakespeare's plays (excluding Pericles) was published in 1623 and contains the first known versions of many of the plays.

Without it, 18 of the works would be unknown today, including Macbeth, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.

Surrounding the Folio will be new interviews, archive footage and photography, and 25 objects from the V&A collections, to explore how the plays have been interpreted and re-imagined by successive generations.

School groups will be able to see props, costumes, set models, design sketches and printed ephemera, illustrating past productions of Shakespeare's works.

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright will be accompanied by a varied programme of activities and events at the V&A celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and examining the enduring influence and popularity of the world's most famous poet and playwright.

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Photo credit: Title: William Shakespeare’s First Folio; Artist: Printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount;  Date: 1623;  Credit line: (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


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