British Council

The best quotes from Shakespeare’s works is displayed in an exhibition in Hanoi from 22 September to 15 October, and Ho Chi Minh City from 05 November to 19 November 2016. 

More than 30 quotes from such classics as Hamlet, Macbeth, the Tempest and Romeo and Juliet, amongst others powerfully show that the verse, though created nearly half a millennium ago, is still alive and kicking. Here are a selection: ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’, ‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’, ‘Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.’

In the form of an installation of colours and shapes, Shakespeare Lives in Words will surround and wow audiences with words everywhere. There will be cut-outs in big sizes, words in colour screens and words in different layouts. Broader contexts of the quotes and fun facts about Shakespeare’s life will also be displayed. In addition, there will also be a corner where participants can read Shakespeare’s works in Vietnamese and learn about English words invented by Shakespeare.

As part of the global Shakespeare Lives programme, the exhibition is organised by the British Council in partnership with Nhã Nam, a famous local publisher. The event also received support from the Hanoi Old Quarter Centre for Cultural Exchanges and Nguyen Van Binh Book Street. 

Shakespeare Lives is a series of events and activities throughout 2016 celebrating Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. Activities in English, education and the arts will explore the story of how the ‘Bard of Avon’ and his work continue to inspire people all over the world.

Leading on Shakespeare Lives activities in Vietnam, the British Council has been collaborating with publishing houses, arts organisations and schools to engage audiences with new creative work inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. Shakespeare Lives activities will enable audiences to reassess perceptions of Shakespeare and provide new inspiration to engage with his work which never fails to charm readers from across the world.

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