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Shakespeares Tomb

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Beloved father, husband, friend, writer, poet and actor. That’s the kind of epitaph we might put on William Shakespeare’s grave today. But when Shakespeare died 400 years ago, he had other plans. Rather than leave this world something sweet to remember him by, he penned a curse for his tombstone:

Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.

Given all the creative ways his characters meet their final ends, it’s no surprise that scientists remain unsure about what lies under the ‘curse stone” on Shakespeare’s grave at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-Upon-Avon. But that’s about to change.

Join us for Shakespeare’s Tomb at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16 Again (16.2) Tuesday, April 19. This program features the first-ever scientific investigation of Shakespeare’s grave, which reveals fascinating new evidence about what lies beneath the infamous “curse stone.”

Learn more about this program, follow the story of Shakespeare’s stolen skull, see his final will and more online at