by Christabel Stewart .

All the world's a stage

One of Shakespeare's most frequently-quoted passages, from As You Like It, considers the world as nothing but a theatrical stage where humans are actors, playing different roles. Tate Modern's 'The World as a Stage' ponders contemporary artworks that reference the theatrical. The tableau vivant by young Hamburg artist Ulla Von Brandenburg, staged with five real actors locked into a stiff, mime-based scenario set to a soundtrack, had the most immediate resonance with the theme, though other works in the exhibition are worth investigation.