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14th Aug, 2022

Exhibition celebrates the Bard's influence across Asia

SHAKESPEARE is about to get all exotic as an exhibition celebrates the playwright’s influence across South Asia.

Shakespeare in South Asia coincides with the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 and runs until September at The Shakespeare Centre in Stratford.

The exhibition takes visitors on a visual tour of the eight countries which make up South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – offering a snapshot into each country’s relationship with the Bard and how different communities interpret and use his work.

Elizabeth Dollimore, from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “Shakespeare’s works have a long and complex relationship with South Asia, a relationship which has sometimes been tested by the colonial context but which has been the root of extraordinary artistic and intellectual energy.

“The exhibition will explore Shakespeare as the international figure who crossed borders and explored issues that are relevant even today.”

The exhibition, put together in collaboration with students from Birmingham City University, also features music inspired by Shakespeare’s works with an Asian twist – including an exploration of the relationships between Shakespeare and India in ‘My Heavenly Jewel’, a classical piece with influences from Shakespearean and modern Indian romance.

Entry fee is included in the regular admission price.

Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk for more information.

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