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Monday, 11 June 2012

Shakespeare's first theatre discovered in London

Shakespeare's first theatre discovered in London

The remains of the Curtain theatre, where Shakespeare's 'Henry V' and 'Romeo and Juliet' may have been first performed, have been discovered in East London.

Remains of the once lost Curtain theatre, which preceded the Globe as the venue which showcased Shakespeare's work, have been found in East London.

It's likely that the theatre was the home to some of the first performances of Romeo and Juliet and Henry V.
The theatre was dismantled in the 17th century and its exact location was lost to historians soon after. Now, the Museum of London Archaeology (MoLA) has found sections of the theatre in Shoreditch, East London.

The MoLA has found the original site on Hewett Street, a few hundred yards from another theatre found by the museum in 2008 called The Theatre. Both this and the Curtain are believed to be the earliest purpose-built theatres in London.

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