An augmented journey through Shakespeare’s Stratford

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PACCAR Room, level 2 Royal Shakespeare Theatre

27 April – 8 September 2019


Open daily from 10am

Imagine a day in the life of a young William Shakespeare. While strolling around his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon he observes six short scenes which will later influence his plays. Explore his experience through augmented reality and see Shakespeare’s world through a new lens.

Inspired by the Seven Ages of Man, the exhibition runs from Shakespeare’s Birthday to the 250th anniversary of David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee in Stratford. Visitors will use provided tablet devices and headphones to make scenes from Shakespeare’s plays spring to life. The Diorama features RSC actors, directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran, filmed in motion capture and turned into 3D animations.

Gregory exlplains: “The word diorama was invented back in the 1820s, and referred to replica models of scenes that you would see in museums, often in glass cases. That's what we're doing, but we're doing it digitally, marrying a very old technique with the latest technology, to create little snapshots, little windows into Shakespeare's world. We've recreated Stratford-upon-Avon as it might have been in Shakespeare's day. The diorama gives you the impression that you are wandering through Shakespeare's Stratford and overhearing conversations he may have heard himself."