Shakespeare's Restless World
By BBC Radio 4
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Making a selection of objects from the British Museum and collections across the UK, Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories they tell about Shakespeare's world.
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Shakespeare's Restless World
Wonderfully imaginative way of setting the context for Shakespeare's plays - what was going on at the time of their writing and performing, how the audiences will have understood Shakespeare's references and metaphorical expressions in terms of contemporary political and religious events. I loved the History of the World in 100 Objects and it is such a treat to have this 'second course'.
Beautifully crafted production
Very much in the style of the excellent "history of the world in one hundred objects" this series is wonderfully evocative of the Elizabethan age
This is the way to make Shakespeare alive and relevant. Fifteen minutes beautifully crafted together: the life, the objects, the writing.Nothing superfluous, no ego trip. Just simple facts presented with imagination.