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Shakespeare exhibition to mark 400th anniversary of his death

Shakespeare exhibition to mark 400th anniversary of his death

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) An exhibition will kick off later this month in Tainan, southern Taiwan, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, showcasing precious artifacts such as a 1709 edition of his works. Jointly organized by the National Museum of Taiwan Literature, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The British Council in Taiwan, the exhibition will introduce the life of the great English playwright and showcase artifacts and works inspired by him, said Liang Wen-ching (???), curator of the exhibition. Among the exhibited items will be 12 items borrowed from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said Liang, who is also 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 "All the World's a Stage: Shakespeare in Taiwan" exhibition will also feature costumes, props, stage stills and posters of Shakespeare's plays that have been adapted by Taiwanese theater troupes, including the Contemporary Legend Theatre and the Taiwan Bangzi Opera Company, Liang said. Shakespeare is the most important playwright in the English-language world and his works have influenced generations of writers, Liang said. "The significance of the Taiwan exhibition is that we can showcase the vitality of Taiwanese theater troupes through Shakespeare's works," which resonate not only with English readers but also with the Taiwanese, she said. The exhibition will run Sept. 30-Jan. 3, 2016 at the National Museum of Taiwan Literature in Tainan. It will be the most comprehensive exhibition on Shakespeare ever held in Taiwan, according to the museum. The life and works of Shakespeare will be celebrated around the world in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-10 03:33 GMT+08:00