'Matthew Hahn’s The Robben Island Shakespeare is indeed a manual for both the young and old in South Africa and the world, to help us charter the difficult journey of life and the survival of the human spirit, UBUNTU, against all odds.'
- Tony Award Winning Actor and South African Cultural Activist John Kani, in his introduction to The Robben Island Shakespeare.
Monday, 18 June 2012
The British Museum: Interview with Matthew Hahn on the Robben Island Bible
Interview with Matthew Hahn on the Robben Island Bible
The Robben Island Bible is a play based on selected text from South African Sonny Venkatrathnam’s copy of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare’ & interviews with former political prisoners held on this island prison.
In this interview, Matthew Hahn discusses his play, The Robben Island Bible, that will be performed as part of the London Literary Festival’s Africa Utopia Series at the Southbank Centre on 3 July 2012.For more information or to book tickets, click here.
The British Museum is offering a unique opportunity to photograph, behind the scenes at the British Museum, the installation of ‘the Robben Island Bible’ - the secret copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare kept in the Robben Island jail during Apartheid in the 1970s. The book is signed by Nelson Mandela, and is part of the forthcoming exhibition Shakespeare: staging the world.
DATE: Monday 18 June TIME: 09.00 – 10.00 PLACE: Meet in the Great Court at the Information Desk British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
CONTACT: Olivia Rickman in the Press Office at the British Museum email@example.com 020 7323 8583