A long-lost Shakespeare theater found in London

This is pretty cool. At least for those who are into Shakespeare, or history, or theaters. A couple months ago they discovered the remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre in east London. This was the theater where classics like Romeo and Juliet were performed for the first time.

The Curtain Theatre isn’t as famous as The Globe, which was where all the plays were performed in Shakespeare’s heyday. (These days they have a reconstruction of the original Globe, and you can go see performances there. I’ve never done it, but I’d like to some day.)

The Curtain was The Globe before there was The Globe. It was built in 1577, but by the end of the century, it had fallen out of use. It was dismantled at some point in the 17th century, and over the centuries since, its location had become a mystery. Until now. Theyfound the remains in a yard in a part of London called Shoreditch.

I like Shakespeare. I mean, I don’t sit around reading Shakespearean sonnets in my spare time, but I was an English major in college, and I took a Shakespeare class, and I give his plays two thumbs up. I also like history, so the idea of discovering the actual remains of the medieval theatre where London commoners went to see his plays is pretty cool.

Photo: guardian.co.uk

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