Gordon McMullan (Shakespeare 400/King's College)
Katy Mair (The National Archives)
Hannah Crumme (The National Archives)
Lucy Munro (Shakespeare 400/King's College)
Martin McGrath Studio
Sophie Cornell (Cultural Institute, King's College)
Head of Programming
Leanne Hammacott (Cultural Institute, King's College)
Animation and Map Design
Junior Animator and Designer
Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras
© Philharmonia Orchestra / Signum Records with kind permission
Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique
London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev
© LSO Live with kind permission
Walton, Passacaglia: Death of Falstaff’ from Two Pieces for Strings from Henry V
Academy of St Martins in the Fields, directed by Kenneth Sillito
© Ameritz Music with kind permission
Inigo Rooms (Somerset House), 2nd February - 29th May 2016
By me William Shakespeare is a unique exhibition of carefully selected documents relating to Shakespeare’s life and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see the playwright’s last will and testament.
Academics from the London Shakespeare Centre at King’s – the world’s foremost centre for the study of Shakespeare – and record specialists at The National Archives have carefully selected the nine most nationally important documents held by The National Archives relating to Shakespeare’s life. Presented together for the first time, these are some of the most significant documents in the world that track Shakespeare’s life as a citizen of London, a businessman, a family man and servant to the King and even possibly a thief and a subversive. They explore both his domestic and professional lives, what it meant to live in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras and the social impact of his plays.
59 Productions was commissioned to create an original artwork for this exhibition. The piece, a unique map of London that rewinds in time from 2016 to 1616, bridges present and past, illustrating both the modern city we see today and the one that Shakespeare lived and worked in. The piece combines printed illustration, projection and sound design to create a visually dynamic and engaging visitor experience.
The map traces the stories of the various documents on display in the exhibition, bringing them to life using animation and sound design. In some cases, the map follows the physical journeys that the documents made, tracing their paths as they move in and out of London. The installation draws its inspiration from various archival sources, including the Civitas Londinum - a copy of which is held by The National Archives at Kew.
Hosted by King’s at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, 3 February – 29 May 2016, the exhibition is a first-time collaboration between the university and The National Archives.
Tickets are on sale and are available from www.bymewilliamshakespeare.org. The exhibition is free for King’s staff, students and alumni.
'A unique video installation depicts an animated map of Shakespeare’s London. The sounds of the city are immersive and evocative of a bygone era. A spotlight moves over significant locations, including Bankside – a centre for entertainment in the capital, and the house in Cripplegate where the writer lived as a lodger.'
'The Archives has taken the unprecedented step of collaborating with King’s College London to bring the precious papers to a wider audience as part of this year’s national celebrations of Shakespeare’s life ... The exhibition also features a video installation by 59 Productions, the company behind the visuals used in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, showing London as Shakespeare would have seen it.'
'...it is worth a visit simply for the sense of wonder that comes off these pages.'