Take a tour of the Curtain Theatre dig with archaeologists from MOLA who are currently excavating the 16th and 17th-century Shakespearean playhouse’s remains.

In use as a theatre from 1577, Shakespeare’s Henry V premiered at the Curtain and his other plays, including Romeo and Juliet, were performed there. Shakespeare himself even appeared in Ben Jonson’s comedy Every Man in His Humour.

As one of Shakespeare’s least historically documented theatres, the physical remains are providing archaeologists with exciting new information about the playhouse, its use and theatrical performances at the time.

Tours last 30 mins. The site is outdoors but there is a viewing platform and temporary roof over the site so no protective clothing is required. The platform is wheelchair accessible.

Tours are taking place at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm every Friday until 24th June.

Reserve a ticket here

Archaeologist uncover remains of curtain theatre, it appears to be rectangular (c) MOLA 042216007

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