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Theatre lovers will be able to take to the stage at London’s new Museum of Shakespeare

To perform or not to perform, that will be the question for members of the public who will be able to take to the stage of The Curtain Playhouse for t

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To perform or not to perform, that will be the question for members of the public who will be able to take to the stage of The Curtain Playhouse for the first time.

London‘s new Museum of Shakespeare will open in 2024 on the site of the former theatre which opened in 1577 and is thought to have staged several works by the Bard including Henry V and Romeo and Juliet.

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology unearthed the remains during an excavation of the area in Shoreditch, East London in 2012.

At the time it was described as one of the ‘most significant Shakespearean discoveries of recent years’.

Set in the year 1598 and located three metres underground, the museum will retell the life of Shakespeare through ‘dynamic experiences, innovative theatrical technology and archaeological discoveries’, organisers said.

London's new Museum of Shakespeare is set three metres underground in 1598

London's new Museum of Shakespeare is set three metres underground in 1598

London’s new Museum of Shakespeare is set three metres underground in 1598

London's new Museum of Shakespeare will open in 2024 on the site of the former theatre (pictured)

London's new Museum of Shakespeare will open in 2024 on the site of the former theatre (pictured)

London’s new Museum of Shakespeare will open in 2024 on the site of the former theatre (pictured)

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology unearthed the remains during an excavation of the area in Shoreditch, East London in 2012

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology unearthed the remains during an excavation of the area in Shoreditch, East London in 2012

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology unearthed the remains during an excavation of the area in Shoreditch, East London in 2012

Earlier this week it was announced that one of the first printed editions of Shakespeare's plays will go on display in London's Guildhall Library - for just five hours

Earlier this week it was announced that one of the first printed editions of Shakespeare's plays will go on display in London's Guildhall Library - for just five hours

Earlier this week it was announced that one of the first printed editions of Shakespeare’s plays will go on display in London’s Guildhall Library – for just five hours

A projected reconstruction of the Playhouse will stand over the remains to recreate the full theatre.

The experience will include original objects alongside multi-sensory experiences and a chance for visitors to walk on the stage where some of Shakespeare’s most famous works were performed.

Heather Knight, senior archaeologist at Museum of London Archaeology, said: ‘Leading the excavations on the site of the Curtain, one of London’s earliest and longest-lived playhouses that have transformed our understanding of Early Modern performance, has been an immense privilege and I am very much looking forward to the next chapter in the history of The Curtain when the Museum of Shakespeare opens its doors in 2024.’

The Museum of Shakespeare has been created by creative studio Bompas and Parr in collaboration with Museum of London Archaeology and Historic England.

It will be housed within The Stage development delivered by Cain International alongside McCourt Global, Galliard Homes, Vanke, Investec and The Estate Office Shoreditch.

Earlier this week it was announced that one of the first printed editions of Shakespeare’s plays will go on display in London’s Guildhall Library – for just five hours.

The event, taking place on Monday, will mark the 400th anniversary of the first printed edition of his collection of plays.

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