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RSC hosts Shakespeare cartoon exhibition

A new exhibition celebrating the influence of Shakespeare on political cartoons over the past 250 years is to be displayed at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As part of the exhibition, Draw New Mischief: 250 Years of Shakespeare and Political Cartoons, five current political cartoonists will be commissioned to create new works using the RSC’s Rome season to respond to contemporary political events.

The event runs at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon from February 25 to October 15 and will include historical works from key political moments.

These include an 1846 cartoon depicting the then prime minister Robert Peel’s resignation as the fall of Caesar, Peter Schrank’s 2015 depiction of Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon as Romeo and Juliet, and Morten Morland’s cartoon of David Cameron as Hamlet gazing at Boris Johnson’s skull, from 2016.

The five new cartoons will be created by Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, the Daily Telegraph’s Christian Adams, Ann Telnaes from the Washington Post, Victor Ndula from Kenyan newspaper the Star and Lorna Miller, who has created work for Private Eye and the Morning Star.

They will be working in response to current political events during the course of the exhibition, using RSC productions as inspiration. The RSC’s Rome season opens with Julius Caesar on March 3, and also includes Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus.