Reconstruction of the Boar’s Head Playhouse from 1599, by C Walter Hodges

The Boar's Head Playhouse - Guided Walks

02.11.2019 to 23.11.2019

Aldgate East Tube Station, London E1 7PU

Time: Saturday 2 November 12.30-14:00 and 15:00-16.30/ Saturday 23 November 10.30-12:00 and 14:00-15.30

Price: £10.00

Meeting Point: Aldgate East Tube Station, London E1 7PU

Finishing Point: St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JN

Thanks to support from Unite Students, we are excited to present four guided walks exploring the neighbourhood of the Boar's Head, a Shakespearean-era inn-turned-playhouse.

Recent excavations by MOLA ahead of construction of new student housing by Unite Students have revealed remains of the 16th century inn, which was converted into a playhouse in 1598 and was well known for putting on raucous comedies.

Join us to find out how the Boar's Head fits within the prominent theatre culture of the Whitechapel and Shoreditch areas. Discover more about the inns and playhouses of Shakespearean-era London, and learn about comedian Will Kempe (who graced the Boar's Head's stage), theatre opponent Stephen Gosson, and the London they inhabited.

The walking tour will follow a 3km route, stopping at key locations and running for a total of 90 minutes. The walking tour will start at Aldgate East Station and finish at St Leonard’s Church. There are four tours to choose from:

  • Saturday 2nd November: 12.30-14.00 or 15.00-16.30
  • Saturday 23rd November: 10.30-12.00 or 14.00-15.30

Please note that visitors must be aged 16 or over. This event is not recommend for people who have mobility restrictions that will inhibit them from undertaking a 3km walking tour across uneven surfaces.

Tickets are available to book in advance via Eventbrite.

Thanks to support from Unite Students, we are excited to host an evening of archaeological discovery, sharing some of the finds made during recent excavations at the site of the Boar's Head, an a Shakespearean-era inn-turned-playhouse in Whitechapel.