Archaeologist discover Shakespeare’s original theater

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.

 

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A broken-down inner city overrun by giant trees

“This is a short story told on a big wall at Village Underground in Shoreditch, London”

it’s a harmless-enough depiction of a broken-down inner city overrun by giant trees. The neat part is that Peel decided to make the process of painting the mural a work of art in itself, using time-lapse shots taken over the course of three weeks.

From the first frames, it’s obvious that this is no ordinary mural. A butterfly flits across a blue background then disappears from the frame, leaving no trace of its presence on the wall. Towering cranes sprout up and begin to build a city, loading bricks in rows from the ground up like a regular construction crew. At times, debris from the painting, like orange rubble, seems to fall out of the wall, becoming its three-dimensional equivalent on the sidewalk. At another moment a real plastic bag flying in the wind is sucked into the mural and locked in painted stasis.

via Atlantic Cities