Guest RSC blog: Shakespeare’s London and Henry IV

By Owen Horsley on 20 Feb 2014

RSC Museum of London Visit 1RSC Museum of London Visit 2RSC Museum of London Visit 3RSC Museum of London Visit 4RSC Museum of London Visit 5RSC Museum of London Visit 6RSC Museum of London Visit 7RSC Museum of London Visit 8RSC Museum of London Visit 9RSC Museum of London Visit 10RSC Museum of London Visit 11RSC Museum of London Visit 15RSC Museum of London Visit 17RSC Museum of London Visit 18RSC Museum of London Visit 20Actor Anthony Sher with some Tudor cutleryHead of Archaeological Collections Roy with cast and crew of Henry IVShakespeare's London object handlingShakespeare's London object handling with curator Meriel JeaterShakespeare's London object handling with Roy StephensonCurator Beatrice Behlen shows the cast and crew some Elizabethan items from the museum's costume store.Fashion curator Beatrice shows a Tudor jerkin to the cast and crew of Henry IV.Curator Jackie Keily with a selection of leatherwear.Curator Jackie Keily with a selection of leatherwear.Curator Beatrice Behlen shows the cast and crew some Shakespearean items from the museum's costume store.Curator Jackie Keily with a selection of leatherwear.RSC's Artistic Director Greg Doran with cast membersThe RSC cast and crew of Henry IV with the Museum of London team.

Last month the Royal Shakespeare Company visited the Museum of London to research for our production of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 and 2. We were at the beginning of our rehearsal process for the plays and as we analysed the text in the room we noticed how specific Shakespeare was being in his depiction of everyday life in Elizabethan London. As with the famous writer’s adage, ‘write what you know’, we could tell that in writing the tavern scenes Shakespeare was doing just that. Read the full postRead the full post

Wrapped up in Wroughton: A Day at the Object Store

By laura mitchell on 17 Nov 2013

Sharon, Dave and the store's cherrypicker look through the shelvesThe impressive shelves at Wroughton, full to the brim with weighty objectsA mobile cantine from Tilbury DocksTimbers from the original Rose TheatreAn enormous buoy!A wrecking buoy

As a Media Officer here at the museum, there’s never a dull moment. There’s always a fascinating story to sniff out, a new object to make friends with, or enlightening conversations with curators to be had. And that’s why this week I found myself and a group of colleagues wrapped up in our warmest winter woollies hurtling down a former aircraft runway on our way to our object store in hilly Wroughton. Read the full postRead the full post

Shakespeare's First Theatre

By lucy inglis on 17 Sep 2010

In 2008, The Tower Theatre Company stood examining a plot of land in Shoreditch, wondering whether it would provide suitable accommodation for their troupe. Little did they realize another theatre company had stood there four hundred and sixteen years earlier thinking exactly the same thing, amongst them James Burbage and William Shakespeare. Both companies decided the site was ideal. The Tower Theatre Company called in MoLA (Museum of London Archaeology) to conduct the necessary works to establish what lay beneath the lighting warehouse that had occupied the site since WWII. Almost immediately, the team discovered what appeared to be the […]