Toronto: Archaeologists have found the remains of London’s first theatre in a London yard—the site where William Shakespeare’s plays were performed.
Archaeologists have been digging since 2008 and have uncovered a section of outer wall and floor surface from the building, completed in 1576 and known simply as ‘The Theatre’ — whose timbers were later used to build ‘The Globe theatre’.
The Tower Theatre Company bought the site a few years ago and asked Museum of London archaeologists to have a look.
"We thought we`d better find out whether there was anything under there that would stop us building," the Canadian Press quoted Penny Tuerk, chair of the troupe`s trustees, as saying.
"And they came back and said, `Actually, we`ve found a bit of Tudor brickwork.` We got tremendously excited at that point,” he added.
The remains of ‘The Theatre’, were Elizabethan drama flourished more than 400 years ago, were discovered underneath a Victorian warehouse.
It is thought that plays including ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’ — as well as works by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd — were performed at ‘The Theatre’, which served as a base for Shakespeare`s troupe, the Chamberlain`s Men.
The remains of the original theatre will be displayed under glass as part of the new building, but the structure will be thoroughly modern.
"We`re not trying to recreate the 16th-century theatre. We`re trying to recreate the spirit of the 16th-century theatre,” said Tuerk.