Sunday 23 July 2017

Shakespeare Tube map to mark 400th anniversary of Bard's death

The special edition Tube map where station names have been replaced with characters, plays and modern adaptations of Shakespeare's work (Transport for London/Shakespeare's Globe/PA)
The special edition Tube map where station names have been replaced with characters, plays and modern adaptations of Shakespeare's work (Transport for London/Shakespeare's Globe/PA)

A special edition Tube map has been produced in which station names have been replaced with characters, plays and modern adaptations of William Shakespeare's work to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

Among the changes from the real-life London Underground are Westminster as tragedy King Lear, St Paul's as Lysander from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Cannon Street as history play King John.

The map also shows three of the capital's theatres where Shakespeare's plays were performed - the Globe Theatre, Blackfriars Theatre and the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch.

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, head of higher education and research at Shakespeare's Globe, said: "What this wonderful keepsake reveals is that Shakespeare's work, his characters and themes intersect with each other in fascinating ways.

"To think about navigating the plays in the same way we think about getting around the Underground reminds us that as complex as they are, the works of Shakespeare are entirely accessible to everyone."

Shakespeare is believed to have died on his birthday, April 23, in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1616.

The map will be available to buy from Monday online or directly from London Transport Museum and Shakespeare's Globe.

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