03/21/2011 06:03 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

All the world's a stage: British Museum to hold blockbuster Shakespeare show ahead of London Olympics

London 1612: Shakespeare's Theatre of the World, will open in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and will explore the role of the capital as an emerging international city 400 years ago, interpreted through his plays.

The blockbuster show will include more than 150 exhibits, including important paintings from national and private collections, rare jewels and manuscripts including a First Folio of Shakepeare's plays.

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