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Roman theatre masks found in Turkey

Two Roman theatre masks have been uncovered by excavation works at Turkey's Il?su Dam. “During ancient times there were no theater stages near Il?su, so we think these masks came from travelling theater communities coming to Il?su in ancient times,” he added. The artifacts are thought to come from 200-300 A.D. “One

Ancient theatre masks unearthed in Turkey

20 masks worn by actors and a family monument have been found during excavations carried out in the ancient city of Myra, Turkey. The excavations of the site are being carried out by Akdeniz University's Archeology Department under the supervision of Professor Nevzat Çevik, from the same department. Çevik told the

Shakespeare in the original pronunciation

A professor from the University of Kansas has pieced together the original pronunciation of Shakespeare and is staging a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. “American audiences will hear an accent and style surprisingly like their own in its informality and strong r-colored vowels,” Meier said. “The original pronunciation

London’s first theater excavated

Excavations of the site of London's first theatre, where the plays of William Shakespeare were performed, has been excavated, revealing a section of outerwall and floor surface. Archaeologists who have been digging here since 2008 have uncovered a section of outer wall and floor surface from the building, completed in

Actress discovers 500-year-old church vault by accident

While rehearsing a scene, an actress accidentally put her foot through into a previously unknown 500-year-old church vault. Kathy Mills exposed the entrance to the secret chamber that had been hidden for centuries as she rehearsed a scene for an upcoming production of the musical Quasimodo at St Mary's Church,

Globe theatre to stage Henry VIII 400 years after fire

The famous Globe theatre is set to stage it's first production of Henry VIII since the original theatre burnt down during a performance of the play in 1613. A cannon fired from the attic as a special effect on June 29 1613 was meant to hit the Thames, but

Shakespearean theatregoers enjoyed peaches figs and oysters

Theatregoers in the 16th century enjoyed a variety of seafood, fruits and nuts during performances of plays by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. The findings come from an archaeological survey of the site of the Rose Theatre on what is now the South Bank in London. Archaeologists Julian Bowsher and Pat Miller wrote

Ancient theatre underneath the Acropolis to be restored

A ruined theatre under the Acropolis, believed to be the birthplace of modern theatre, is to undergo restoration. The restoration of the Theatre of Dionysos will include extending and modernising surviving stone seats, but no new performances are planned there. Works by playwrights such as Euripides and Sophocles premiered at the open