William Shakespeare returns to Bankside

“Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger.” Taming of the Shrew

From Monday 3 August we are delighted to be hosting a newly commissioned statue of our most famous parishioner

Situated in the Cathedral Churchyard this life size bronze statue of William Shakespeare was commissioned by The Theatre Courtyard Gallery, Shoreditch to mark their opening in Summer 2020.

Sculpted by acclaimed British sculptor Raphael Maklouf who was assisted by Hayley Gibbs this statue represents Shakespeare in his early thirties sitting on a bench.

When you visit the Cathedral you can sit alongside for a while, and muse with the Bard.  Shakespeare would have sat around this area when he was a resident in the parish.  So come along to Southwark Cathedral and enjoy your moment and remember his wisdom, ‘we shall ne'er be younger’ .  If you are taking photographs please post them on Instagram or Twitter with the #withthebard

The Theatre Courtyard Gallery is a new exhibition space located at 4-6 New Inn Broadway in Shoreditch. Classified as a Scheduled Monument by Historic England, the site incorporates the archaeological remains of London’s first purpose-built permanent playhouse, 'The Theatre', which existed from 1576 until 1598 when it was dismantled and its materials used to build the original Globe Theatre on Bankside.

For the latter part of that time, William Shakespeare performed at The Theatre with his company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and some of his plays premiered there. Opening in 2020 to the public, the long-term exhibition will feature the extant inner foundation wall of The Theatre (visible through a glass vision panel), together with some objects found during the archaeological excavations by the Museum of London Archaeology and loans of Elizabethan and Shakespearean artefacts, including a First Folio of Shakespeare’s work, from museums such as the V&A, the Museum of London and the National Portrait Gallery. The Theatre Courtyard Gallery, which also manages The Theatre Courtyard Green Rooms on the adjoining Bateman’s Row, will offer an education and outreach programme featuring free school workshops, as well as other cultural activities.

For further information about The The Theatre Courtyard Gallery please visit their website here