New light shone on Tudor theatre

Archaeologists excavating the remains of the Curtain theatre in Shoreditch have discovered a previously unknown catwalk-style stage that they believe was designed to show fight scenes with the audience, especially the groundlings, very close. The Curtain was the home of Shakespare’s company the Lord Chamberlain’s men, between 1597 and 1598 when they were staging their production of Romeo and Juliet with its famous fight scenes.

Also of interest is the discovery of of seeds and stones from apples, cherries, figs and currants-the Elizabethan equivalent of popcorn!-suggesting that Tudors liked to much every bit as much as modern cinema goers.

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