For lovers of the bard, The British Museum are presenting a major exhibition on the world and works of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare: Staging the World, which runs until 25 November, providesa new and unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city 400 years ago, interpreted through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare’s plays. The exhibition shows how the playhouse informed, persuaded and provoked thought on the issues of the day; how it shaped national identity, first English, then British; and how the theatre opened a window on the wider world, from Italy to Africa to America, as London’s global contacts were expanding through international trade, colonisation and diplomacy. Tickets £14 plus a range of concessions. Opening hours from Saturday to Thursday 10.00 to 17.30 and Friday 10.00 to 20.30.