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Dig resumes at Shakespeare's Shoreditch theatre where Romeo and Juliet was first performed

PUBLISHED: 13:45 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:12 05 October 2010

EXCAVATIONS are resuming on the Shoreditch site of Shakespeare s first purpose built theatre where Romeo and Juliet was first performed. Previous digs discovered the yard where the audiences stood to watch the plays and also dug up pottery which they dra

EXCAVATIONS are resuming on the Shoreditch site of Shakespeare's first purpose built theatre where Romeo and Juliet was first performed.

Previous digs discovered the yard where the audiences stood to watch the plays and also dug up pottery which they drank from as they enjoyed the drama.

The Tower Theatre Company is planning to build a new theatre on the site of the sixteenth century original. The dig off New Inn Broadway will be broadcast on the Museum of London's website.

Taryn Nixon the boss of Museum of London Archaeology, says "There was nothing quite like these playhouses anywhere - they became a vital part of society at every level. It's extraordinary to be working here where Shakespeare would have performed, and where early plays like Romeo and Juliette would have premiered. The Tower Theatre Company is doing a great deed for the world by helping to preserve these invaluable remains.


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