A 400-year old property deed, signed by William Shakespeare, is the highlight of a new exhibition at London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell. The deed is one of only six documents in the world to bear his authenticated signature.
Shakespeare and London, which opens next Tuesday, explores the relationship between the bard and the capital, and how his plays have lived on through London's performers, streets and theatres.
37 groups from around the world will perform Shakespeare plays at the Globe Theatre in 37 different languages. The first performance is Troilus and Cressida tonight featuring a New Zealand haka. The festival's director Tom Bird hopes it will encourage London's communities to come to the theatre.