When it comes to literary history, no works deserve more of a spot in a museum display case than those of William Shakespeare, and if you’re a big fan of the bard, you’ll be pleased to hear that a new and permanent exhibition will be opening soon.
According to , the display will be created on the site of The Theatre in London, where Shakespeare is believed to have honed his craft as a playwright. The Theatre, which opened in 1576, hosted plays such as Romeo and Juliet.
The exhibition will open next year and will reveal the foundations of the theatre, which is located in Shoreditch, as archaeologists have excavated the site. After being lost for centuries under other developments, archaeologists re-discovered it in 2008, when working on a development project. It had been sat under a number of back gardens.
Along with the remains of the theatre, discoveries made on the site will be exhibited. These include pottery receipt boxes used in the box office, a mug which would have belonged to a wealthier patron, as well as seed and fruit pips, beer flagons and nut shells, which have been once enjoyed by patrons of The Theatre.
The Theatre was famously disassembled when the owner fell out with the landlord and the timber was carried across the river to build the much more renowned theatre, The Globe.
Further items will be loaned to the site from museums to illustrate the history of the earliest theatre district in London.