The Museum of Shakespeare has been announced as an interactive and permanent experience that’ll launch in the spring of 2024

For the first time, the archaeological remains of The Curtain Playhouse will be made open to the public as they’ll be the basis for the new Museum of Shakespeare. Launching early next year, the immersive museum will give visitors the chance to visit the 16th century and live out a day in the life of the notorious playwright.

The Elizabethan site is located three metres underneath Shoreditch, which is where the remnants of the old theatre were unearthed during an excavation between 2011 and 2016. Before then, its exact location had been a mystery, but it was known that the playhouse had been home to Shakespeare’s company (the Lord Chamberlain’s Men) before they moved to the Globe, and the likes of Henry V and Romeo and Juliet premiered there.

The experience, created by Bompas & Parr, will be set in the year 1598 and guests will be met with the sights, smells, sounds and people that inspired young Shakespeare’s writing. To get visitors fully immersed in the history, there’ll be a projected reconstruction of the Playhouse and AI technology will put them in animated performances. We don’t have an exact opening date yet, but any lovers of history and theatre will want to keep spring 2024 clear for the launch.

Opens spring 2024
Shoreditch, London