London Excavations Reveal Theatre Complex

www.archaeology.org | 8/30/2018 | Staff
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Reconstructed view of the entrance to The Theatre, Shoreditch ((c) David Toon and Lee Sands/MOLA)LONDON, ENGLAND— Excavations at the site of Shakespeare's original London playhouse, the Theatre, suggest that the venue was part of a large complex for theatregoers designed by 16th-century actor and empresario James Burbage. According to a report in The Hackney Citizen, a team from Museum of London Archaeology has uncovered sections of an expansive gravel yard surrounding the polygonal playhouse—built in 1576—where patrons could eat, drink, and socialize during long performances. Artifacts uncovered include a complete Elizabethan goblet, a unique fragment of ceramic depicting a bearded man, and pieces of money boxes used to collect entry fees. The Theatre is believed to...
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