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Made In Shoreditch Online – 16th Century Artefacts Unveiled in Shoreditch

03 June 2016

The Museum of London Archaeology’s experts are currently excavating the site of Shakespeare’s original playhouse in Shoreditch – The Curtain Theatre – which started in April and is expected to continue until the end of June. Artefacts unveiled so far include a bone comb and a bird whistle, which is thought to have been used as a sound-effect instrument during performances. Once the dig is over, construction will begin on Galliard’s new luxury development, The Stage.

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China Daily – Shoreditch is the Birthplace of Drama

24 May 2016

Experts from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have uncovered one of London’s earliest Shakespearean theatres – The Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch. An excavation is currently underway to study artefacts beneath the grounds, which are said to be more than 400 years old. The theatre’s remains will then become the centrepiece of Galliard’s  brand new Shoreditch development, The Stage, with a heritage centre and sunken amphitheatre dedicated to showcasing the site’s history. 

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CNBC Online – Surprise Discoveries at The Curtain Theatre

17 May 2016

The Curtain Theatre is being excavated by archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Shakespearean theatre and Elizabethan culture. Already, historians have found artefacts including a bird whistle, which is thought to have been used for sound effects, and the foundations show that the theatre was rectangular, not polygonal. Once the dig is over and the remains have been studied, they will sit in a heritage centre at Galliard’s new development, The Stage.

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"One of the best preserved examples of an Elizabethan theatre in the UK"

The Guardian Online – Ground-breaking Discoveries in Shoreditch

17 May 2016

The theatre where Shakespeare’s Henry V is said to have been first performed is now undergoing an excavation by archaeologists to uncover the secrets of Shakespeare’s original playhouse. Remains found so far include a ceramic bird whistle, which is thought to have been used for sound effects during performances, and an animal bone comb. The artefacts will be preserved as part of Galliard’s new mixed-use development, The Stage, in a dedicated heritage centre. 

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BBC News Online – Discoveries Unveiled at The Curtain Theatre

17 May 2016

The excavation of The Curtain Theatre is well-underway, and archaeologists have already made insightful discoveries, including a bird whistle which could have been used for sound effects. The theatre’s foundations also show that it was rectangular and not curved, but more is expected to be found out as the dig continues over the next month. Once complete, the remains will be displayed in a heritage centre at Galliard’s new Shoreditch development, The Stage. 

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Financial Times Online – Curtain Rises at Antique Shakespeare Site

17 May 2016

In 2011, archaeologists found the remains of a 400-year-old Shakespeare playhouse – The  Curtain Theatre – behind a pub in Shoreditch, East London. Now, the site is undergoing a thorough excavation to recover any artefacts and structures still intact beneath the surface. Once the dig is over, the remains will then be featured at The Stage – Galliard’s luxury, mixed-use development and joint venture project – in a dedicated heritage centre and amphitheatre.  

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San Francisco Gate Online – Ancient Shoreditch Theatre Exposed

17 May 2016

Shakespeare’s original playhouse, The Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, which predates the Globe, is currently being excavated by MOLA archaeologists who are working to uncover the  secrets of the theatre, as its whereabouts had for centuries remained unknown. Once the excavation is over, the remains will be studied and then preserved in a heritage centre and amphitheatre at Galliard’s new mixed-use development, The Stage, which is due to be completed in 2019. 

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The Independent Online – Fascinating Discoveries at The Curtain Theatre

17 May 2016

Fascinating discoveries are shedding new light on Shoreditch’s history as archaeologists take to The Curtain Theatre for an excavation of Shakespeare’s original playhouse. The remains of the theatre sit approximately 2-3m below ground level, and the foundations show that the theatre was, in fact, rectangular and not round as expected. Once the foundations have been studied, they will be preserved in a heritage centre at Galliard’s new development, The Stage. 

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Hackney Gazette – Digging Down to the Past in Shoreditch

05 May 2016

The excavation of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch is now underway, and archaeologists are eager to explore the remains dating back more than 400 years. It is possible they will uncover artefacts such as props and costumes used in plays such as Henry V, which is said to have premiered at the theatre. Once the dig is over, the remains will be preserved as the centrepiece of Galliard’s £750m joint venture project, The Stage. 

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