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400th anniversary of 'Twelfth Night'

Candlemas, Saturday 2 February, is the 400th anniversary of the first recorded performance of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which took place across the Thames in the lawyers' great hall at The Temple.

The anniversary performance on site is already a sell-out but back on Bankside there is free admission to the Underglobe beneath Shakespeare's Globe theatre. There is normally an admission price of 7.50.

The world's largest Shakespeare exhibition uses a combination of modern technology and traditional showcases to tell the Globe story against the historical background of Elizabethan Bankside – the city of London's playground in Shakespeare's time. Elizabethan special effects come to life on touch screens and the secrets of period costume designs are revealed.

Shakespeare's Globe is also displaying its first visiting exhibition of paintings. A Zen View of the Globe presents a collection of new work, inspired by the Globe, by internationally renowned Japanese artist Toshihiro Hamano.

There is also the opportunity to join a guided tour of the Theatre for 5 per person.

• The free viewing is from 10am-5pm until and including anniversary day Saturday 2 February.

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