Johnny Depp’s pirate costume to go on display in Docklands

JOHNNY Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean outfit will go on display next year in a new exhibition about famous London pirate Captain Kidd.

Pirates; The Captain Kidd story will open at the Museum of London Docklands on May 20, which coincides with the release of latest Pirates film On Stranger Tides starring Depp.

Depp’s Jack Sparrow costume will be displayed alongside letters, flags, books and cannons in the exhibition which looks at the privateer turned pirate Kidd.

Captain Kidd was executed in Wapping on May 23 1701 and the exhibition explores how London’s corrupt political activities were entrenched in piracy.

Tom Wareham, Curator of Maritime History at the Museum of London Docklands, said: “Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story will help people understand the close connection between the pirates of the high seas and the London that funded their activities.

“The skull and crossbones may not have fluttered over ships in the Thames, but many of the pirates themselves were here at one time or another. Our most famous pirate, Captain Kidd, was enmeshed in intrigue that involved corrupt MPs and the mighty East India Company.”

17th and 18th century English society will also be explored, looking at gruesome ritual executions and the greed and manipulation of the infamous East India Company.