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Shakespeare project marks Black History Month

Date: 03/10/2013

The AHRC-funded Multicultural Shakespeare project is visiting the London borough of Lambeth to mark Black History Month 2013.

Shakespeare is at the heart of British culture. The ways in which we stage Shakespeares' comedies, histories and tragedies help define our understanding of ourselves.

Multicultural Shakespeare: 1930-2010 aims to map the history of non-white actors' and directors' growing role in British cultural life over several generations - by examining their involvement in the performance and re-interpretation of Shakespeare's plays. British Black and Asian Shakespeare (BBA Shakespeare) stands at the symbolic heart of British culture.

October 2013 sees the project and accompanying exhibition, ‘Tell My Story’, visiting the London and bringing this major research project to the people of Lambeth during Black History Month.

Tell My Story: Clapham Library

Monday 30 September to Sunday 13 October

British Black and Asian Shakespeare presents ‘To Tell My Story’ exhibition. For many years brilliant Black and Asian actors have played a major part in shaping and enriching our relationships with Shakespeare. ‘To Tell My Story’ is a visual history of some of those performers and performaces.

Multi-cultural stories: Clapham Library

Monday 7 October

‘To tell my story’ talk, readings and panel Q&A: Clapham Library

Tuesday 8 October (7pm)

Professor Tony Howard's talk will include dramatic readings from well-known Shakespearean actors including Nicholas Bailey (Theatre: Julius Caesar, A Winter's Tale, Hamlet, King Lear, TV: Eastenders) and conclude with a Q&A with Tony Howard and the readers.

To find out more about Black History Month in Lambeth please visit the Lambeth website.

You can watch an AHRC film about the Multicultural Shakespeare project on our website.

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