A new museum will open in east London next year exploring the life of William Shakespeare.
The Shakespeare Museum will be a permanent interactive experience in the archaeological remains of The Curtain Playhouse, Shoreditch.
It will focus on the culture of London in the 16th century, the life and inspiration of the famous playwright.
“This will be Shakespeare you’ve never experienced before,” said Harry Parr, co-founder of the project.
The Curtain Theater was a cultural and social center in London during Shakespeare’s life and was the site of performances by Henry V and Romeo and Juliet.
An archaeological excavation at the site from 2011 to 2016 revealed its remains, which will be accessible to the public for the first time in the museum.
The Shakespeare Museum was designed by creative studio Bompas & Parr in collaboration with the Museum of Archeology of London (MOLA) and British History.
It is part of a 2.3-acre (one hectare) development, with 412 apartments, offices and shops, led by Cain International.
Mr Parr, of Bompas & Parr, said he wanted London to be “a city unmatched in cultural importance and a reputation for world-class entertainment”.
The creators say that visitors to the Shakespeare Museum will be able to “immerse themselves in the sights, smells, sounds and people” who have inspired the playwright through a series of events. Interactive exhibits and workshops, including planned reconstruction of the theater.
Callan Davies, of the University of Roehampton and author of What is a Playhouse? said: “It’s amazing that Elizabeth London’s longest-running theater, which has so many stories to tell about creativity and opportunity, can be adjusted once again to show how effective it is. why, why is it important, and why it still works today.”
The museum will open in spring 2024.