[22], Glass beads and pins were unearthed along with drinking vessels and clay pipes. The MoLA has found the original site on Hewett Street, a few hundred yards from another theatre found by the museum in 2008 called The Theatre. Thus, the suggestion is given that both proprietors were doing equal business. As far as is known, Lanman ran the Curtain as a private concern for the first phase of its existence; He died in 1606[7] and it is assumed by Edmund Chambers that the theatre had been re-arranged into a shareholder’s enterprise before his death at some point. The Curtain Theatre: The citizen's playhouse for high-octane drama MOLA team 30.01.2018 Today we’re able to reveal further fascinating insights into Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre, and how its shape and form led it become a true citizen’s playhouse. The Curtain Theatre takes its name from Curtain Close, the walled pasture in which the playhouse was built. The stage is set at Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre MOLA team 10.11.2016 As the detailed 3 month excavation of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre comes to a close and development of The Stage gets underway, our recent discoveries are poised to completely transform our understanding of the evolution of Elizabethan theatres. It was the venue of several of Shakespeare's plays, including Romeo and Juliet (which gained "Curtain plaudits") and Henry IV Part I and Part II. Excavation work for the Curtain Theatre The Stage will have a state-of-the-art gym with one-to-one training, toning, spa treatments, juice bars, chilled towels and luxury changing facilities. History of The Curtain Theatre Considered to be the first theatre district in the capital, Shoreditch is treasured for its artistic and dynamic significance today as much as it was in the 1570s when The Curtain Theatre first opened its doors. The fact that both of these shareholders belonged to Shakespeare's company may indicate that the re-organization of the Curtain occurred when the Lord Chamberlain's Men were acting there. It stayed open for forty five years, closing in 1622. The ultimate fate of the Curtain is obscure. [3] Little is known of the companies that performed there, or of the plays they performed. Thereby, he assumes that Lanman’s business, the Curtain, must have been doing as well as Burbage’s business, the Theatre, since both, Lanman and Burbage, had agreed on a pooling arrangement for seven years in 1585, to pool profits. Very close geographically, they were perhaps even closer in design. Burbage's father James had shares in the theatre at the time of his death.[9]:144. Post-excavation analysis of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, which staged some of Shakespeare’s plays (see CA 316), has revealed new clues to how the Elizabethan playhouse was used. [19] The galleries were straight. The Curtain was built some 200 yards south of London's first playhouse, The Theatre, which had opened a year before, in 1576. Curtain Theatre, playhouse opened in 1577 in Curtain Close, Finsbury Fields, Shoreditch. In 1585 Lanman made an agreement with the proprietor of the Theatre, James Burbage, to use the Curtain as a supplementary house, or "easer," to the more prestigious older playhouse. It opened in 1577, and continued staging plays until 1622. It was called the "Curtain" because it was located near a plot of land called Curtain Close, not The Curtain was believed to have been built near The Theatre, but the exact location was for many years unknown. Considered to be the first theatre district in the capital, Shoreditch is treasured for its artistic and dynamic significance today as much as it was in the 1570s when The Curtain Theatre first opened its doors. From 1597 to 1599, it became the premier venue of Shakespeare's Company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, who had been forced to leave their former playing space at The Theatre after the latter closed in 1596. The Curtain was built some 200 yards south of London's first playhouse, The Theatre, which had opened a year before, in 1576. [15][16] In 2013 plans were submitted to develop the site with a 40-storey tower of 400 apartments, plus a Shakespeare museum, 250-seat outdoor auditorium and park, with the archaeological remains visible in a glass enclosure. The Curtain was built around 1577, predating the famous Globe Theatre and distinguishing itself as Elizabethan England’s longest-serving commercial playhouse. The Curtain was the neighbour of the Theatre and one of the first theatres in London. Little is known of the plays performed at the Curtain or of the playing companies that performed there. It’s not certain who built the Curtain Theatre but it could have been Henry Lanman, a theatrical entrepreneur, who was the theatre’s manager from 1582 until 1592. Now, Londoners will have the chance to learn about Shoreditch’s Shakespearean theatrical history … [4]:63[8] The fact that both of these shareholders belonged to Shakespeare's company may indicate that the re-organization of the Curtain occurred when the Lord Chamberlain's Men were acting there. University of Roehampton’s Callan Davies said: “We are honoured and incredibly excited to be able to bring performance, discussion, and community engagement to the Curtain. Little is known of the companies that performed there, or of the plays they performed. [3], Also uncovered was a fragmentary ceramic bird whistle, dating from the late 16th century. It was built around 100 metres south of James Burbage’s Theatre in Shoreditch and was run by Henry Lanman at one point. 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