Elizabethan England was start to conquer the North American continent, opened trade routes to the Atlantic, was nourish by the scientific advance such as the heliocentric theory of the solar system developed by Copernicus, the father of modern astronomy. London began in the sixteenth century to be a worldwide city, open to progress and investment.
The cultural majesty led by Elizabeth I (1533-1603) – the Virgin Queen, married to her country and all-powerful matriarch-starred as the birth of modern professional theater, I finally had to represent site-specific works. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) arrived at the right time.
“Putting the World on Stage”
The British Museum uses the Olympic Games in London to inaugurate Shakespeare staging the world (Shakespeare: putting the world on stage) a major exhibition on the English playwright, his literary and historical context that led.
With 190 objects including paintings, manuscripts rarely seen and everyday objects like coins, armor and utensils, private collections and from loans from abroad, the exhibition highlights the works of Shakespeare and characters that were born of the historical moment and simultaneously became in cultural heritage.
The theater, an informal meeting point
A clear example of the symbiosis is the exquisite portrait of Abd el-ben Messaoud Ouahed (Moroccan ambassador in the reign of Elizabeth I), which illustrates the impression made by one of its delegations of soldiers in the city in 1600. The Londoners looked on with fear and fascination with the unknown and dark-skinned men became a recurring theme in everyday life during the six months of their stay. Shakespeare was inspired by the look and exotic ways to create the casual tourist character of Othello.
They talked, fought, expressed their views to what was happening on stage … The Company Lord Chamberlain’s Men (Lord Chamberlain’s men) represented the famous theater works in the Globe, where Shakespeare was an actor and playwright. The theater was a meeting place, nothing formal, in which people talked, and fought it amigaba, expressed his opinion to what was happening on stage…
In between cultural and social ritual, the show shaped a national identity, the feeling unified English and later British. The exhibition, which is open until November 25, illustrated by contemporary documents how the functions provoked, persuaded and informed the audience regarding the events of the country.