This event has finished Took place on: Saturday, 17th Mar 2018
A pop-up exhibition of some of the artefacts discovered during the excavation of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, one of Shakespeare’s least historically documented playhouses.
From the archaeological organisation MOLA, the Time Truck takes archaeology out on the road. The Time Truck’s Shakespeare Week adventures are supported by Cain International and Galliard Homes, the lead investors behind The Stage, a £750m mixed-use scheme off Curtain Road home to the Curtain Theatre, the remains of which are being preserved at the heart of the development.
The Time Truck will display some of the iconic finds from the site like the bird whistle and the money box tops that inspired the term ‘box office’. Visitors will be able to see a showcase of the types of food and drink theatregoers in the Elizabethan age enjoyed at the theatre, as well as replica cups, jugs and drinking vessels. There will be displays of photographs and video footage from the excavation as well as the opportunity to meet MOLA archaeologists who worked on the site.
In addition to all of this, actors from Shake-scene Shakespeare – an east London theatre company specialising in cue-scripted live performance, a technique Shakespeare once used – will be performing excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, including As You Like It, from 4pm on each day. Children visiting the truck, will also have the opportunity to make medieval tokens and get dressed up in theatrical costumes.
In 2016, archaeologists from MOLA conducted a detailed three-month excavation of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch. Alongside a range of fascinating artefacts that give a glimpse into the life of the theatre, experts discovered that the theatre was a purpose built, rectangular structure, and the stage was much longer than originally thought with evidence of a passageway running beneath it.
Cost: Free of Charge
Europe/London Pop-Up Archeology Exhibition A pop-up exhibition of some of the artefacts discovered during the excavation of the Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/03/17/pop-up-archeology-exhibition-167897 Hackney Town Hall,Mare Street,London,