8th Dec, 2016

Shakespeare's grave to be investigated for TV documentary

Stratford Editorial 8th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE CURSE of Shakespeare’s grave hasn’t scared off curious documentary makers.

A radar scan of the 400-year-old site in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford is hoped to show items the bard was buried with as well as revealing whether a family vault is hidden beneath the stones.

The findings from the scan are expected to be revealed in coming weeks.

But Shakespearean scholars and enthusiasts have, until now, left the site untouched because the gravestone carries the warning: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forebeare, To digg the dust enclosed heare; Bleste be the man that spares thes stones, And curst be he that moves my bones.”

The investigation into the grave was revealed ahead of July’s World Shakespeare Congress which is held every five years.

This year’s event will be split between Stratford and London and will bring together a thousand Shakespearean specialists, researchers and academics.

There has been historical speculation as to whether Shakespeare’s skull was removed by grave robbers and re-buried outside of his home town.