In a recession people fall back on the old reliables. In the UK that means Shakespeare so the BBC is running Shakespeare Unlocked in part at least to coincide with the Olympics. You can download radio programmes and TV clips of actors and directors discussing Shakespeare as well as Shakespeare’s Restless World (BBC Radio 4) an exploration of Shakespeare and his times through twenty objects including a theatre-goer’s fork and a woodcut depicting Ireland at the end of the 16th century. The Shakespeare Unlocked site has a wide range of things to look at and listen to and is well worth visiting.
In July-November the British Museum will host ‘a major exhibition’ which ‘provides a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city’ under the flag Shakespeare: Staging the World. Although the advance publicity is worded in a predictable manner, it probably will be a major exhibition. It’s interesting that ‘Shakespeare’ is considered to be more marketable than ‘London’.