Curtain Theatre Excavation Prompts Shakespearean Walks And Talks

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Curtain Theatre Excavation Prompts Shakespearean Walks And Talks
A trial excavation of The Curtain a few years ago. Photo by MOLA.

With the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death coming up, the capital will soon be awash with Bard-related events. A particularly enticing programme is building around one of his lesser-known playhouses.

You may not have heard of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch. It closed 400 years ago, but not before staging the original Shakespeare productions of Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V.

Until recently, a somewhat informal dedication marked the side of the Horse and Groom pub, Curtain Road.

The theatre's remains were rediscovered in 2012, and are about to get a thorough archaeological survey ahead of development on the site. A new tower called The Stage will be constructed here, and will incorporate the remains of The Curtain.

To mark the excavation by MOLA and Shakespeare400, a bumper programme of walks and talks will take place through the spring:

See the full programme on MOLA's website.

Last Updated 10 March 2016