Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

What solutions for California's overcrowded prisons?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza conflict: Palestinians mark sombre Eid

Read more

WEB NEWS

Celebrities in the Israel-Gaza crossfire

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Israeli strike takes out Gaza power station

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French newspaper apologises for Sarkozy story

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Last-ditch talks aim to avert Argentina default

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin: Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin: Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions?

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

  • Israel announces four-hour truce after deadly strike on UN school

    Read more

  • Suspect in Jewish Museum attack charged with 'terrorist' murder

    Read more

  • US rebounds to 4% growth in second quarter

    Read more

  • Women should not laugh in public, Turkey's deputy PM says

    Read more

  • Video: Coping with rocket attacks in Israel’s Sderot

    Read more

  • Rats on the rampage at Louvre museum gardens

    Read more

  • France evacuates nationals, closes embassy in Libya

    Read more

  • Scores trapped as landslide hits Indian village

    Read more

  • Dozens killed in stampede at Guinea rap concert

    Read more

  • US and EU slap Russia with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • 'Compelling' signs Kosovo leaders trafficked organs, prosecutor says

    Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as fire rages on

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

Experts find stage of Shakespeare's first plays

Latest update : 2008-08-06

Archaeologists from the Museum of London found the remains of the theatre in which William Shakespeare's early works, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet", were first performed.

The remains of a London theatre where William Shakespeare's early plays including "Romeo And Juliet" were first performed have been discovered by archaeologists, a museum said Wednesday.
   
Shakespeare appeared at The Theatre in Shoreditch, east London, as an actor with a troupe called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, which also performed his efforts as a playwright there.
   
"Richard III", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Merchant Of Venice" are among the other plays likely to have premiered at the theatre, according to the Museum of London, whose team made the discovery.
   
After a tenancy dispute in 1599, the owners of The Theatre dismantled it during the night and its timbers were used to construct the Globe Theatre by the River Thames which became the home of Shakespeare's plays.
   
But now Museum of London archaeologists have rediscovered the original footings or groundwork of the polygonal Shoreditch venue -- ironically on a site being prepared for the construction of a new theatre.
   
"It's a theatre that's been known about for a long time but no remains have ever been found," museum spokesman Tim Morley told AFP.
   
"This is the theatre that the company of players that Shakespeare was part of first performed in and when he started writing, the company would have performed his plays."
   
It is planned that the remains will be kept in place as the new theatre is built.
   
Jeff Kelly, chairman of the Tower Theatre Company, which is constructing the new venue, added: "The discovery that we shall be building a 21st century playhouse where Shakespeare played and where some of Shakespeare's plays must first have been performed is a huge inspiration."
   
Archaeologists will now start trying to find out more detail about how the venue looked and hope it will help them to increase their knowledge of London theatres during the reign of queen Elizabeth I.

Date created : 2008-08-06

COMMENT(S)