NEWS: Museum of Shakespeare to Open in Spring 2024

The new experience is set to open in Shoreditch in 2024.

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It has been announced that the Museum of Shakespeare, a new immersive and interactive permanent experience transporting guests to the 16th Century to walk in the footsteps of the famous playwright will open in East London next year.

Set within the archaeological remains of The Curtain Playhouse, one of only two scheduled ancient monuments in Hackney, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of Elizabethan London to learn about the life, inspirations, and creative process of William Shakespeare. The experience will include original objects from the time alongside multi sensory experiences and a chance to walk on the stage where Shakespeare presented plays such as Romeo & Juliet and Henry V.

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Having hosted variety of activities from plays to fencing matches, The Curtain Playhouse was a cultural and social centre for the city during the life of Shakespeare. An archaeological excavation of the site during 2011-16 revealed its remains, with the Museum of Shakespeare now making them publicly accessible for the first time, enabling scholars and the public alike to learn more about this important site and its fascinating history.

Located three metres underground and four centuries back in time, guests will be immersed in a retelling of a day in the life of William Shakespeare, presented through dynamic experiences, innovative theatrical technology and archaeological discoveries. Set in the year 1598, a time of great creative risk and opportunity for a young Shakespeare, visitors to the Museum of Shakespeare will soak up the sights, smells, sounds and people that inspired his plays, as well as have the chance to take centre stage and demonstrate their own flare for performance and creative storytelling. 

The Museum of Shakespeare has been created by leading creative studio Bompas & Parr in collaboration with Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) and Historic England, alongside a panel of Shakespearean academic advisors, and will be housed within The Stage development delivered by Cain International alongside McCourt Global, Galliard Homes, Vanke, Investec and The Estate Office Shoreditch.

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