Uncovering

the past

Preserving

for the future

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The Curtain Theatre

'A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And Monarchs to behold the swelling scene!’ – Henry V, Act 1, Prologue

The remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch were discovered in 2011, three metres below the surface of the development. The Curtain was used as a theatre from 1577 to 1625, the longest history of use of all of London’s Shakespearean playhouses, and is believed to have been the venue from which Henry V was debuted.
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Discovery

A glimpse into a hidden world.

This year archaeologists from MOLA will excavate the site of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre; the remains will be preserved in-situ and transformed into a local landmark. Explore our interactive timeline to discover a buried layer of history.
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Community

Get involved by attending an exciting programme of public events.

Join MOLA at venues in and around Shoreditch for a series of lectures and tours from some of the most influential figures in archaeology and Shakespearean history.
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Information Centre

An insight into Shakespeare’s Shoreditch.

For more information on Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre explore our compelling offering of articles, guest posts, news stories and video content.
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24 October 2017
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Early modern plays are stuffed with references to lines, parts, prompts and cues. The figure of the book-holder shouting lines from the tiring-house also appears. Why, though? Were early modern players lazy or forgetful? Not at all! They were part of a truly astonishing theatre-producing machine, and their “parts” were part of it.

18 October 2017
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Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is thought to have been performed at the Curtain Theatre in the late 16th century. The play – written centuries ago in Elizabethan England and set in Medieval Verona – continues to capture the minds and hearts of modern audiences across the globe.

29 September 2017
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In the 16th century, theatres sprang up all over London. A key figure on London’s burgeoning theatre scene, William Shakespeare was involved with many of these playhouses, either investing financially, or through his plays and theatre troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men – and often both. So where were these theatres, what happened to them, and how was the Bard involved?

08 August 2017
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Just like a maturing fine wine or cask-strength whiskey, Shakespeare is more popular now than ever before. To those of us involved with The Stage development this is obvious, as eyewitnesses to the astonishing reaction to our excavation of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre from around the world.

24 July 2017
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Shakespeare’s works have had untold influence on our society and culture. Not only were Shakespeare’s plays and writings hugely influential in his own time, they continue to influence us today – 400 years after his death. Indeed, when Ben Jonson wrote the words quoted above in his poem, To the Memory of My Beloved the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, it is unlikely that he knew quite how true his words would prove to be!

22 May 2017
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Delve into Shakespeare’s London with Neil Constable, Chief Executive at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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