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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Hero and Villain

Curator Dora Thornton examines two of Shakespeare's most famous historical characters: Henry V and Richard III.

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Shakespeare: Hero and Villain

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  Shakespeare exhibition introduction video

Shakespeare: staging the world

The British Museum is staging a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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  Dora Thornton in exhibition

Hero and Villain

Dora Thornton examines Shakespeare's Henry V and Richard III

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  Paterson Joseph performs Brutus

Assassination and Conspiracy

Paterson Joseph performs Brutus.

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  Harriet Walter performs Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Harriet Walter performs Cleopatra.

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  The Tempest

Magic and Mystery of the New World

Felix Hayes (Trinculo) and Amir Hlehel (Caliban) perform The Tempest.

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  Jonjo O'Neill performs Richard III

Power and Legitimacy

Jonjo O'Neill performs Richard III.

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  Jonjo O'Neill performs Richard III

Simon Russel Beale

Jonjo O'Neill performs Richard III.

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  Jonjo O'Neill performs Richard III

Horn Dance

Jonjo O'Neill performs Richard III.

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