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Shakespeare's British Plays

Shakespeare's British Plays

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An amazing illustrated map of Shakespeare's British plays.

In 2015, I painted a map of Europe with ALL Shakespeare's plays on to show their approximate location. It was such fun composing and painting it. But I was frustrated by the tiny amount of space available to fit all the plays set in the British Isles. There was only one thing for it - paint an illustrated map of just Shakespeare's British plays.

  • An original painting in watercolour, size 730mm x 520mm
  • A2 size signed poster prints
  • Digital file for you to make a single print at a format and size of your choice

Shakespeare's British Plays - their settings and locations

Many of Shakespeare's British Plays are set all over the British Isles, and some of the action within those plays takes place in France. And many history plays take place in locations all over our sceptred isles! So being faithful to regional geography was impossible. Consequently I have had to play 'fast and loose' with locations. Aficionados will have fun arguing about many of the settings.

As You Like It

I put 'As You Like It' in the British Midlands. Some have argued that the Arden Forest, where it is set, is actually the Ardennes in Belgium. But why ever would Shakespeare do this? In the 16th century the ancient Forest of Arden stretched virtually to Will's doorstep at the top of Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Arden Forest would have been the young Will's playground.

What is Richard II doing in East Anglia? Putting him there is an acknowledgement of the king's brutal quelling of the Peasant's Revolt in 1381. Peasant leader Wat Tyler came from Essex.

Thankfully some of the plays are straightforward, for example Cymbeline in Wales, Macbeth in Scotland and the Merry Wives in Windsor. Richard II stretches from York down to Leicester, and King John is over is Worcestershire because he is buried in Worcester Cathedral.

Each play is shown with its title, a quotation from the play and a small illustration. I hope it's As you Like It.
This map of Shakespeare's British plays forms part of my Shakespeare collection.

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