The remains of London’s second playhouse, The Curtain Theatre, could be unearthed in Shoreditch as part of a development by Plough Yard Developments.
The Curtain Theatre was home to William Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, before they settled at the Globe and staged several of Shakespeare’s plays including Romeo and Juliet. Despite being immortalised as “this wooden O” in Henry V, which had its premier at The Curtain Theatre, little detailed information is known about this early playhouse. Excavations are expected to provide great insight into its history.
Archaeologists from Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have been undertaking exploratory digs at the site of The Curtain Theatre in Hackney. They have discovered what is believed to be one of the best preserved examples of an Elizabethan theatre in the UK. The discoveries include the walls forming the gallery and the yard within the playhouse itself.
The other day I was walking through South Coast Plaza and saw the most amazing advertisement: Cats, Blue Man Group, American Idiot, Les Misérables, Shrek the Musical.
I stopped in awe and saw that all these plays were right here in my home town, Orange County, playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The center, formerly called the Orange County Center for Performing Arts, changed its name this year in honor of the Segerstrom family who has donated millions ($200+ million) to make the center a world-class draw.
The photos alone make it worth a visit.
Tickets for the broadway shows are as little as $45 for three shows. There are also custom season tickets packages where you can mix-match (with a 20% discount) for cabaret, jazz, dance, classical, theater, family and special shows.
Here is the 2011-2012 Broadway Schedule:
- Shrek the Musical – Oct 4-16, 2011
- Riverdance – Oct 28-30, 2011
- Blue Man Group – Nov 8-20, 2011
- White Christmas – Dec 13, 2011-Jan 1, 2012
- Cats – Jan 17-22, 2012
- Come Fly Away – Jan 31-Feb 5, 2012
- Traces – Feb 28-Mar 4, 2012
- Million Dollar Quartet – Apr 24-May 6, 2012
- American Idiot – May 29-Jun 3, 2012
- Les Misérables – Jun 12-24, 2012
- La Cage Aux Folles – Jul 24-Aug 5, 2012