2016 commemorates 400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, and before anniversaries kick off globally, National Museum of Taiwan Literature cooperates with SBT (The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust,) through the British Council’s introduction and facilitation, to present All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare in Taiwan Exhibition which contains Shakespeare’s works in his lifetime and his legacy which shows the influence of Shakespeare, his life and the style of his works; at the same time, this exhibition entrusts Taiwan Shakespeare Association with exhibition curation and academic events. Combining related scholarly research with theatre practices in Taiwan, the exhibition shows the capability of the academic research of Shakespeare and the current publications in Taiwan. Through displaying Taiwanese performing costumes, stage stills, props and the artists, scholars and writers sharing their experiences with Shakespeare, the exhibition presents a bright achievement in Taiwan toward the researches of Shakespeare’s works.
Figure 1 A group picture at opening ceremony
Figure 2 Costumes and posters used by various troupes of Taiwan during their performances of Shakespeare’s plays.
Figure 3 Timeline of Shakespeare’s Plays and lines of verses displayed in the Exhibition.
Figure 4 Tudor-style architecture at the entrance of the exhibition, showing Shakespeare and his era.
Figure 5 Portrait plates of Shakespearean characters produced in 1989 by Wedgewood in the UK.
Figure 6 The First Folio of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, edited by Nicholas Rowe, 1709.