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Digging Shakespeare

Archaeologists are digging up The Theatre, the old site where Romeo and Juliet was performed, and where Shakespeare 'trod the boards' before wresting the boards away from an obstructive landlord and using them to build the Globe.

The remains of The Theatre were discovered underneath a Victorian warehouse, which unlike many similar buildings had no basement. That meant the layers below had been preserved.

Parts of The Theatre's polygonal wall and the hard-packed gravel where the groundlings watched performances has been discovered. The Tower Theatre hopes to perform here, 'standing exactly where their Elizabethan predecessors stood'.


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