Shake­speare’s the­atre un­cov­ered

The Wharf - - News -

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have be­gun de­tailed ex­plo­ration work on the Cur­tain The­atre, one of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s least well-known play­houses, in east Lon­don.

The play­house, which saw the first per­for­mance of Henry V, is now at the cen­tre of a new res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, The Stage, of­fer­ing ex­perts from the Mu­seum of Lon­don a rare chance to ex­ca­vate a key cul­tural lo­ca­tion.

The dig was of­fi­cially launched by Ed Vaizey MP, Min­is­ter for Cul­ture and the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy just days af­ter the na­tion marked the 400th an­niver­sary of the play­wright’s death. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have started dig­ging through the 18th cen­tury re­mains that en­case the Cur­tain The­atre and now they have reached key lay­ers from the 16th and 17th cen­turies. Arche­ol­o­gist Heather Knight said: “We hope to find out more about the struc­ture of the the­atre which will give us a clearer in­di­ca­tion of how El­iz­a­bethan play­houses were used and the evo­lu­tion of the­atre.”

From left, Cain Hoy En­ter­prises chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Goldstein, Min­is­ter Ed Vaizey and arche­ol­o­gist Heather Knight

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