Some people believe Shakespeare may have worshipped at St. Leonard's church, and that it might even have inspired scenes in "Romeo and Juliet."

Today it provides the backdrop to the hit BBC series "Rev," starring Tom Hollander. Soon, the East London church could be the site of one of the most exciting archaeological investigations in recent times, one that may shed new light on the life of the playwright.

St. Leonard's church in Shoreditch — an 18th-century building known to "Rev" fans as St. Saviour in the Marshes — stands on a site occupied by its medieval predecessor, also known as St. Leonard's, until it was demolished in the 1730s.