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Stage uncovered at Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre

Excavations at William Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre have uncovered a 45-foot rectangular stage. The battle scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry V may have been written to suit the long, narrow stage of the Curtain, one of the earliest purpose-built theatres in London. The foundations of the theatre in Shoreditch have been excavated, revealing that

Archaeologists excavate Curtain Theatre in London

Archaeologists are excavating the remains of The Curtain, a theatre where William Shakespeare performed as an actor. “There is going to have to be a certain amount of revision of the chapter on The Curtain in my book,” Bowsher said. “It now seems clear that the playhouse was a conversion of

Ancient theatre found on Greek island

An ancient theatre has been found on the Greek island of Lefkada. Test “sections” were cut in an area on the northeast flank of Koulmou’s middle hill, which forms an amphitheatrical downward hollow ending in a lengthy flat section, the ministry announcement said. It noted that archaeologists knew very little about

Roman theatre district in Cyprus mapped

Archaeologists are working to map the theatre district at the ancient city of Nea Paphos. The University of Sydney team has been excavating at Nea Paphos for two decades under the auspices of Cyprus’ Department of Antiquities. In that time it has uncovered and studied a theatre used for performance and

Medieval hospital foundations found under English Theatre

The medieval foundation of St. Leonard's Hospital, have been found underneath the York Theatre Royal in England. It was previously thought that the Victorians destroyed the foundations of St Leonard’s Hospital (one of the largest and most important hospitals in medieval England) when building the theatre on the site. Last week

Roman theatre found in Florence

Archaeologists working in Florence, Italy, have discovered the remains of a Roman theatre under the Palazza Vecchio. The latest find at the site in the centre of the Tuscan capital includes the original painted stone pavements along which spectators used to walk from the outer circle of the theatre to the

Huge Roman auditorium found in England

A large Roman theatre that could seat as many as 12,000 people has been found a hillside near Faversham, England. The theatre could have housed audiences of up to 12,000 people in 50 rows of seats over an area 65 metres in diameter. The site, which shows activity dating back as

1,200-year-old Mayan theatre found in Mexico

A small 1,200-year-old theatre, probably used as a political tool, has been found at Plan de Ayutla in Chiapas, Mexico. "It was a unique theater, since it was found in an acropolis, 137 feet above the other plazas. The stage lay within a palace complex," Luis Alberto Martos López, director of