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Older Shakespeare Theatre Discovered

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A Shakespeare theatre older than the original Globe found underneath a vacant garage in London?

The possible discovery of The Theatre, built in 1576 and where Shakespeare’s troupe performed in the 1590s, could complete the set of open-air theaters where the Bard’s plays were staged. The Rose theater’s location was discovered in 1989 in Bankside, just south of the River Thames in central London, and the Globe theater is nearby. A replica of the Globe was built on a site close to the original and opened in 1997.

Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, only moved into The Theatre in the 1590s. Until then, they had been performing at the Rose, but a shake up in the London theater scene necessitated the move, said Martin Wiggins, a fellow at the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham.

And in 1597, a dispute with the landlord forced the company to move again, Wiggins said. The company didn’t own the ground The Theatre was built on, but Lord Chamberlain’s Men did own the material it was built with, so they simply dismantled the entire theater and moved it south across the River Thames, where it was rebuilt and renamed the Globe.

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Shakespeare performed a play at Titchfield Abbey. You can see and read more here:
Loving Ending To A Day Titched With The Abbey.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

August 6, 2008 at 11:01 pm

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