23rd September, 2021 / 14:00 - 17:00
3rd February, 2016
By me William Shakespeare offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s will, alongside other unique documents that witness his life. This is the first time the will has been on public display in 40 years.
Discover the stories behind key moments in Shakespeare’s life, from the birth of the Globe theatre in London to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago.
Learn about Shakespeare’s life in London and the man behind the writing: royal servant, playwright, friend and father. New scientific, academic and legal analysis of the documents will reveal remarkable new insights about the playwright’s life, from investigating outstanding conspiracy theories and the writing of his will.
By Me William Shakespeare: A Life in Writing has been curated by record specialists at The National Archives and academics from the London Shakespeare Centre at King’s College London. The exhibition will include a visual display designed by 59 Productions, the creative team responsible for the video projection design of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and exhibitions such as David Bowie is at the V&A.
This exhibition is presented as part of Shakespeare400, which is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.