East Londoners are in for a Shakespearean commute this month as their lines and stations get renamed on a special edition map honouring the playwright.
The project by Transport for London and Shakespeare’s Globe marks four centuries since the death of Britain’s favourite bard.
Included on the poster, available to purchase online from Monday, April 18, are Hamlet characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, replacing the Emirates Air Line cable car, while the Jubilee becomes the Fathers And Kings line.
The map also shows three of the theatres where Shakespeare’s plays were performed – the Globe Theatre, Blackfriars Theatre and the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, which was rediscovered recently.
TfL marketing director Chris Macleod said: “The works of William Shakespeare are a global institution and have been loved by young and old for more than 400 years.
“This map combines two Great British icons in a fun but informative way.”
Plays and characters have also been allocated to interchange stations where they would naturally fit on both lines.
For example, Macbeth (Embankment) is on both the Plays line (Circle) and the Villains line (Northern) and Lady Macbeth (Charing Cross) is right next to her husband.
Globe Education’s head of higher education and research Dr Farah Karim-Cooper 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 Tube reminds us that as complex as they are, the works of Shakespeare are entirely accessible to everyone.”
The map, which will be available to buy as a poster or art print, can be purchased online or directly from Shakespeare’s Globe and the London Transport Museum.
The poster will cost £3.99 while the art print will cost £15. A large scale version of the map will also be installed at Bankside Pier near Shakespeare’s Globe.
The publication forms part of London’s wider celebration of the playwright’s work.
Activities are set to take place at Shakespeare’s Globe throughout April with performers interpreting his works at busking sites in Tottenham Court Road, Southwark and Shoreditch High Street stations in the lead-up to the 400th anniversary.
Further events will also take place on Saturday, April 23 and 24 on MBNA Thames Clippers between Embankment and Tower Pier.