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The British Library commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death with Shakespeare in Ten Acts, an exhibition to explore how the playwright became a cultural icon through ten key performances.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts is a landmark exhibition on the performances that made an icon, charting Shakespeare’s constant reinvention through the centuries. It will take visitors on a journey through 400 years of history, from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest, to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers.

The exhibition will feature over 200 unique and rare items such as the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet from 1603 and Shakespeare’s First Folio. These treasures will be on display together with costumes, props, paintings, playbills, film excerpts and even historic Shakespeare merchandise.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts
The British Library
15 Apr – 6 Sep 2016