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The Theatre Courtyard Gallery is an exciting new exhibition on the site of

The Theatre – England’s first purpose-built playhouse and William Shakespeare’s first theatrical home.

Bringing together extraordinary Elizabethan objects from museums across the UK with cutting edge digital performance, this one-of-a-kind exhibition sits side by side with the archaeological site.

Unfortunately, due to the current epidemic and for the welfare of our visitors, the gallery will remain closed this year. We have made the difficult decision to also delay the opening of The Theatre Courtyard Gallery until further notice.

These are obviously unprecedented times, so we will be monitoring and adjusting our plans and timeline accordingly.

Join us on a journey through Elizabethan London. Meet the founders of the site, Burbage and Brayne, and learn about the rise and fall of their ground-breaking playhouse, The Theatre.

This multi-sensory experience transcends you to the heart of Shoreditch 400 years ago, to discover the drama of London’s first theatreland.

First folio
First Folio

Rapier & First Folio on loan from the V&A


Object Gallery

What we found on the site

of The Theatre


Behind the making of our Shakespeare statue

A newly commissioned statue of Shakespeare was sculpted on site in Shoreditch and cast at the Bronze Age Foundry in Limehouse. 

Made by Raphael Maklouff and Hayley Gibb, it now sits on New Inn Broadway, outside The Theatre Courtyard Gallery.