Archaeologists on site at the Curtain Theatre (c) MOLA

Shakespeare Week: Hackney Libraries

18.03.2019 to 24.03.2019

Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1DY / Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, London E8 3BQ

20th March - Hackney Central Library

Time: 4-5pm

Price: FREE

The Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch is where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed and where he is known to have graced the stage. In 2016, archaeologists uncovered remains of the stage, the yard where the audience would have gathered and fascinating finds relating to theatregoing like money boxes and costume beads.

To celebrate Shakespeare Week we're joining the Will's Words Warriors session at Hackney Central Library, so join us for this amazing opportunity to meet archaeologists from MOLA who uncovered the remains of the Curtain, pose your questions and handle 16th century archaeological finds from the theatre.


20th March - Dalston CLR

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Price: FREE

In 2016, remains of the Curtain Theatre were uncovered in Shoreditch by our archaeologists. The stage where the performers stood, the yard where theatregoers gathered and fascinating finds that tell us about the experience of going to a Shakespearean performance would have been like, were carefully excavated.

The Curtain is where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed and where Shakespeare himself is known to have graced the stage! Now, we’re inviting you to step back in time and join the team for an afternoon of dramatic discovery, pose your questions to archaeologists who dug the Curtain and handle some of the real finds from the site. We'll be joining the Shakespearean wand making session!

The event is coordinated by MOLA and sponsored by the consortium of investors behind The Stage, which is led by Cain International. Once complete, The Stage, a £750m mixed-use scheme, will feature more than 400 new homes, 33,000 sq ft of retail, including restaurants and cafes, and 200,000 sq ft of office space. Centred on the theatre, the development will also feature over an acre of vibrant public space including a performance area and a park. The remains of the Curtain Theatre will be preserved in situ and showcased in a purpose-built visitor centre.