In 'A History of the World in 100 Objects’, Neil MacGregor showed how things can vividly illuminate their times. As he turns his attention to the age of the Bard, he introduces some of the items featured in his new Radio 4 series.
The Telegraph, 13 Apr 2012
'Did you know that part of Shakespeare’s money comes from the fact that he has a share in the catering franchise which no other playwright has? That’s why he makes money and Marlowe and Jonson don’t.”
That’s Neil MacGregor’s opening gambit in our stimulating conversation about Shakespeare’s Restless World, the title and the subject of his new BBC Radio 4 series. In two sentences, he blows away the idea of Britain’s most famous playwright as a subject of dusty, academic study and turns him into a man with a passion for the theatre – and an eye for the main chance. It is characteristic of MacGregor’s ability to bring history to life.