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What do the artefacts found at the Curtain Theatre tell us about Elizabethan culture?

08 May 2017

The much-anticipated excavation of the Curtain Theatre kept us all on the edge of our seats, as we craned our necks to see what would come out of the ground next. Promising to uncover truths about Elizabethan theatre culture, as well as Shakespeare himself, interest in the excavation was piqued by the array of historical artefacts uncovered during the three-month dig. 

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Shakespeare treads the boards of the Time Truck in Hackney

27 March 2017

Last Friday saw the most recent event in the extensive engagement programme around MOLA’s excavations of The Curtain Theatre on behalf of Cain Hoy Investments and Galliard Homes. Time Truck Project Officer Magnus Copps offers his thoughts on the day.

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MOLA’s Time Truck showcases finds from the Curtain Theatre for the first time in public

20 March 2017

To celebrate Shakespeare Week, we are inviting you to immerse yourselves in all things Shakespeare on Friday 24 March from 12 noon to 6pm, by climbing aboard MOLA’s Time Truck to enjoy a pop-up exhibition of some of the fascinating artefacts discovered during the excavation of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, one of Shakespeare’s least historically documented playhouses.

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The Archaeological Highlights from the Excavation of the Curtain Theatre

07 February 2017

Built in Shoreditch in 1577, the Curtain Theatre was one of London's earliest playhouses. When the Curtain Theatre dig began, archaeologists were hopeful but unsure what to expect, however three months later, MOLA was able to confirm more of the theatre’s little known history.

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Britain is head over heels for Romeo and Juliet - the nation’s favourite Shakespeare play revealed

01 February 2017

When asked to think of a Shakespeare play, the one that first comes to mind for most of us is Romeo and Juliet. Famous for its combination of tragedy, comedy, conflict and romance, this much-loved tale of two “star-crossed lovers” was voted Britain’s favourite Shakespeare play – and indeed, it’s hard to imagine another play taking that auspicious title.

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Heather Knight: spotlight blog

26 October 2016

Author: Heather Knight

Find out what Senior Archaeologist at MOLA, Heather Knight, has to say about all things Shakespeare and Shoreditch in our first spotlight blog.

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