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TfL has made a Shakespearean tube map to mark 400 years since his death

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

Transport geeks and Shakespeare enthusiasts – it's your lucky day. The folks at TfL have created a Shakespeare-themed map, to commemorate 400 years since the playwright's death. Each line has been renamed with a Shakespearean subject, so the Northern line is 'villains and rivals' and each stop has been renamed after one of the Bard's most villainous characters, while the Central line is now the 'lovers' line and the Piccadilly line is dedicated to the 'heroes'.

They've also made use of the interchanges for characters or plays that would work on multiple lines - so, Macbeth (Embankment station) is on both the 'plays' line (Circle line) and the 'villains' line (Northern line). Clever. If you want to explore the map in more depth, it will be on display at Bankside Pier near Shakespeare’s Globe from April 18. Or, if you're really into tube maps and/or Shakespeare, you can buy a poster or print of the map from the London Transport Museum.

The map will be available to buy as a poster (£3.99) or print (£15) from Shakespeare’s Globe and the London Transport Museum from April 18. 

In other tube news, you can get tickets to go on a tour of a disused tube station.

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