An exhibition is due to begin later this month in Tainan to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, showcasing precious artifacts such as a 1709 edition of his works.
Organized by the National Museum of Taiwan Literature, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the British Council in Taiwan, the exhibition describes the life of the great English playwright and showcases artifacts and works inspired by him, curator Liang Wen-ching (梁文菁) said.
Among the exhibits are 12 items borrowed from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said Liang, an assistant professor of foreign languages and literature at National Tsing Hua University.
They include a bust of Shakespeare, a 17th-century desk box, porcelain and containers printed with characters from Shakespeare’s plays and Nicholas Rowe’s 1709 edition of Shakespeare’s plays.
The exhibition, entitled “All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare in Taiwan,” is to also feature costumes, props, stage stills and posters of Shakespeare’s plays that have been performed by Taiwanese theater companies, including the Contemporary Legend Theatre and the Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company, Liang said.
“The significance of the exhibition is that we can showcase the vitality of Taiwanese theater companies through Shakespeare’s works,” which resonate not only with English readers, but also with Taiwanese, she said.
The exhibition is to run from Wednesday next week to Jan. 3 at the National Museum of Taiwan Literature in Tainan.
It will be the most comprehensive exhibition on Shakespeare ever held in Taiwan, the museum said.
The life and works of Shakespeare are to be celebrated around the world next year to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.
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