An Amazing

Discovery

A Great

Opportunity

The Curtain
Theatre

PAST

Part of London’s first Theatreland.

The Curtain Theatre is first recorded as having opened its doors in 1577 in an area of land called Curtain Close in Shoreditch, home to Shakespeare’s earliest theatres and arguably the birthplace of modern theatre. Shakespeare’s Lord Chamberlains Men used The Curtain from 1597-1599 and Henry V is believed to have debuted there.
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Present

Unearthing a buried layer of history.

In 2011, archaeologists from MOLA were undertaking exploratory excavation for The Stage Shoreditch when they came across the remains of the Curtain Theatre. Trial excavations indicate that the Curtain Theatre could be one of the best preserved examples of an Elizabethan theatre in the UK.
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Future

A legacy reborn at The Stage.

To showcase Hackney’s first scheduled ancient monument The Curtain Theatre will be transformed into a captivating tourist attraction featuring the preserved remains of the theatre, a purpose-built visitor’s centre and sunken amphitheatre.
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