3 Feb - 29 May 2016, Tue - Sun 10.00 - 18.00 (until 20.00 Thu)

Inigo Rooms Somerset House East Wing
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By Me William Shakespeare

About the exhibition

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.

By me William Shakespeare offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s will, alongside other unique documents that witness his life. Through original research, scientific analysis and a new digital installation, the exhibition looks at why these documents were created and what they tell us about the world’s most famous playwright.

Learn about Shakespeare’s life in London and the man behind the writing: royal servant, author, friend and father.

This exhibition is presented by The National Archives and King’s College London as part of Shakespeare400. Digital installation by 59 productions.

Shakespeare400

Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

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Shakespeare’s will

Shakespeare died a wealthy man, survived by his wife Anne and daughters Judith and Susanna. His will details bequests of property and significant possessions, as well as smaller personal gifts. Explore the last page of Shakespeare’s will in detail.

Find out more about Shakespeare's will

By me William Shakespeare © Crown copyright and King's College London. Images reproduced courtesy of The National Archives.
Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.
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