The Discovery Phase

Historical records have always pointed to the Curtain Theatre being close to modern-day Curtain Road in Shoreditch, east London. In 2011, archaeologists from MOLA were undertaking exploratory excavation for The Stage Shoreditch when they came across the remains of the Curtain Theatre.

This trial excavation only revealed a very small section of the Tudor building but an open-area excavation, taking place in spring 2016, will allow archaeologists to expose all of the surviving remains and study the Shakespearean playhouse in detail.

All of the artefacts uncovered will be taken back to MOLA and examined by experts and the archaeological and historical material brought together. The theatre’s remains will be covered over and preserved in the ground to allow for them to be revealed again in a public visitor centre on the site.


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