Resurrecting Shakespeare and memories of the First World War in London

Thanks to Fitzrovia News for the lovely blog: if you are interested to come along on Centenary Day, tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resurrecting-the-shakespeare-hut-a-dramatic-re-enactment-registration-26032021477

Fitzrovia News

A room from a First World War troop entertainment building and its opening ceremony is to be recreated this summer to celebrate the 100 years since it first opened on a site in Bloomsbury.

ymca-shakespeare-hut-keppel-gower YMCA Shakespeare Hut, corner of Gower Street and Keppel Street in 1918. Photo: George P Lewis © IWM (Q 28740).

“Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut” will commemorate the lives of the servicemen, and the women who worked at the YMCA Shakespeare Hut, which was built on the grounds of what is now the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on the corner of Gower Street and Keppel Street, in August 1916.

Building on corner of street. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine now stands on the corner of Gower Street and Keppel Street.

YMCA Huts were a regular sight in England, France and on all the fighting fronts during the First World War, providing a “home from home” for soldiers to rest, recover and be entertained.

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