The BP exhibition

staging the world

19 July – 25 November 2012
Exhibition closed

Supported by BP

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Part of the London 2012 Festival

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This major exhibition will bring Shakespeare's characters and plays to life for primary and secondary students through amazing objects and contemporary performance.

Visiting the exhibition

The exhibition is open exclusively for self-led school visits between 10.00 and 12.00 on 13, 20 September and 15, 16 November 2012.

You can also visit with your class on other dates when you will share the exhibition with the general public. Visits for school students and accompanying adults are free but must be booked in advance.


Resources to help you plan your self-led visit are now available:
Primary resources   Secondary resources 

Special schools

The magic of Shakespeare (fully booked)

Experience a magical world of make-believe in this session created specifically for students in special schools in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.
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Primary programme

Shakespeare's London

Meet some of the good people of Tudor London as they set off to see a Shakespeare play. For Key Stage 2.
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Secondary programme

Imagining Shakespeare

Interactive workshops led by expert actor-educators that will enhance students' interpretations of Shakespeare's texts and their understanding of the context of his plays. In collaboration with the Shakespeare Schools Festival. For Key Stage 4.
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Staging Shakespeare: historical and contemporary perspectives

A day of talks by experts to support students of English or Drama across a range of courses at Key Stage 5.
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General information for school visits 

Wenceslaus Hollar, ‘The Long View’ of London

Image: Wenceslaus Hollar, ‘The Long View’ of London, c.1647 (detail).

For teachers

Exhibition private view

Enjoy an exclusive visit to the exhibition. Come along to plan your visit, engance your subject knowledge or simply experience this innovative approach to Shakespeare, his plays and his world.
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Shakespeare's worlds: enriching history and literacy in the primary curriculum

A one-day INSET with the Royal Shakespeare Company exploring active approaches to Shakespeare and practical ways of using objects to help students' learning.
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Shakespeare's worlds: how objects and pictures can enrich students' learning

This unique one-day course with the Royal Shakespeare Company will introduce secondary school teachers to active appraoches to engaging students with text to strengthen cross-curricular links between Shakespeare and the Tudor world.
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