‘All the world’s a stage & all the men and women simply players …’ from ‘As You Like It’ is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. It is unexpected however to find a 20’ totem pole with the whole speech engraved upon it and the seven ages of man from birth to senility cut into its aluminium structure. In 1980 British Telecom commissioned this sculpture to be erected outside Baynard House, one of their brutalist London headquarters, and it’s a good thing that they did!
Take a look at Tim describing this extraordinary (and frankly, slightly weird) monument to Shakespeare’s work. (Tim’s Shakespeare’s Life and Times tour is on 31 July – details here.)