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Archaeology Inaugural Lecture

February 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

‘Raising the Curtain on London’s First Theatreland – Recent Archaeological Excavation of the Curtain Playhouse, Shoreditch’
Heather Knight (Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London Archaeology)

Monday 27 February 2017. The Hardy Lecture Theatre, The Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University. 6pm with wine reception from 5pm onwards. All welcome.

The Curtain playhouse was built c 1577 on the outskirts of the City of London and is one of the very earliest purpose built theatrical venues and operated as a place of public entertainment until the mid 1620s. During that time it staged many productions including William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Ben Jonson’s Every Man in his Hu-mour. Of the handful of Elizabethan and Jacobean play-houses that were built in London, the Curtain is one of the least historically documented and until the site was exca-vated in 2016 very little was known about it. The results of the excavation have astounded theatre historians and are contributing enormously to an interdisciplinary dialogue researching the origins of English drama. Heather will talk about the physical evidence from the playhouse excava-tions, how this can be interrogated and how it speaks in surprising ways, even about the plays we think we know so well.

For further information, please contact Dr Duncan Wright, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology Tel: 01522 583774


February 27, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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