Archaeologists on site at the Curtain Theatre (c) MOLA

Celebrate Christmas Shakespeare-style with one-day pop-up in the heart of Shoreditch

Spitalfields Market

Time: 11.00 - 18.00

Price: Free

On Saturday 14 December, from 11am until 6pm, families are invited to a festive one-day pop-up event in the heart of Shoreditch, where they can learn about the latest discoveries at the Curtain Theatre, one of Shakespeare’s least historically documented playhouses, which MOLA excavated over the course of three months. We will be bringing our Time Truck to Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see artefacts discovered during the dig, many of which date back as far as the 16th century, as well as exclusive footage of the excavation process and site.

Findings include money boxes once used at the theatre’s box office and bird whistles which could have been used for sound effects during performances of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. MOLA archaeologists who worked on the excavation site will be on hand to tell visitors about these exciting discoveries and provide insights into the life and times of the Curtain Theatre.

Schoolchildren from Orchard Primary School in Hackney, who have been learning the art of storytelling from Emily Hanna, Tales from the Dragonfly, will be performing a scene from Macbeth.

There will also be dazzling performances from The Dolphin’s Back and Shake-scene Shakespeare, Shoreditch’s critically acclaimed Shakespeare company, who specialise in cue-scripted technique once used by the Bard himself. Both will treat visitors to scenes from one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies, Twelfth Night – a fitting play for the festive season.

Children stopping by can also enjoy festive token making and will be able to take away their very own Shakespearean playhouse tokens to decorate their Christmas trees at home.

The event is supported by The Stage, which is led by Cain International.