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Shakespeare theatre unearthed in London

Archaeologists in London have unearthed an early pre-Globe playhouse used by William Shakespeare where Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed.

The theatre was immortalized as “this wooden O” in the prologue of Henry V with the lines: “Can this cock-pit hold within this wooden O, the very caskes that did affright the Ayre at Agincourt?”

The discovery will delight historians and Shakespeare fans as excavations offer a picture of where the writer’s early productions were performed, although little further detail is known about the early playhouse.

“This is an outstanding site – and a fortuitous find in the year of the worldwide celebration of Shakespeare,” said Kim Stabler, Archaeology Advisor at English Heritage.

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Story: Philip Baillie, Reuters | Photo: Reuters, Museum of London Archaeology

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