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Remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre found
boston.com via AP ^ | 6 JUNE 2012 | |Jill Lawless, Associated Press

Posted on 06/07/2012 8:04:17 AM PDT by onedoug

Archaeologists in London have discovered the remains of an Elizabethan theater where some of William Shakespeare’s plays were first performed — a venue immortalized as “this wooden O’’ in the prologue to “Henry V.’’

Experts from the Museum of London said Wednesday they had uncovered part of the gravel yard and gallery walls of the 435-year-old Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, just east of London’s business district.

The remains — of a polygonal structure, typical of 16th-century theaters — were found behind a pub on a site marked for redevelopment.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: shakespeare; theater; woodeno
Always fascinated with things Shakespeare....
1 posted on 06/07/2012 8:04:28 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SunkenCiv

Would this qualify for Gods, Graves, Glyphs?

It would be cool to have a pub (bar to Yanks) whose back room was an actual rebuilt theater where William Shakespeare presented his plays.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 8:10:02 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: stylecouncilor; windcliff

Shakesping....


3 posted on 06/07/2012 8:10:32 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

I read it as the theatre’s curtain was found.


4 posted on 06/07/2012 8:16:14 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: onedoug

They have been looking for this for a long time.

From the prologue...

“Pardon, gentles all, the flat unraised spirits that hath dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth so great an object.
Can this cockpit hold the vasty fields of France?
Or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques that did affright the air at Agincourt?”


5 posted on 06/07/2012 8:21:47 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: onedoug
I have an 1858 copy of the History of King Arthur. So much more interesting than updated translations.

I saw Camelot years back and Arthur sounded just like a New Yorker....Terrible....

6 posted on 06/07/2012 8:22:27 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: windcliff

Check the back story. The whole place was named “The Curtain.” It wasn’t one of Mr. Shakespeare’s friendlier drama houses, being patronized by rowdies who preferred to see sword fights, bear baiting, and the like. William’s erudite and relatively sedate plays would have bored them stiff.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 8:23:43 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: tet68
The entire prologue

William Shakespeare would have given Cecil B. DeMille a run for his money, had the technology been available to him.

8 posted on 06/07/2012 8:28:08 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: onedoug

The Museum of London Archaeology uncovered a yard and gallery walls from the theatre.

9 posted on 06/07/2012 10:25:40 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Robert DeLong
Daughter and I were there in 1994 and toured the then half-built new Globe.
We spent some time walking about Southwark, and I couldn't help wondering what ruins then might be just beneath our feet.
10 posted on 06/07/2012 11:19:29 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: HiTech RedNeck
William Shakespeare would have given Cecil B. DeMille a run for his money

I wonder if he would have killed more men than Cecil.

Obscure Blazing Saddles reference

11 posted on 06/07/2012 11:51:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: onedoug

Cool!


12 posted on 06/07/2012 4:19:57 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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