Monday, August 25, 2008

The Theatre Found

No theatre in general wasn't lost, but The Theatre in London where the Lord Chamberlain's Men and Shakespeare performed before they built The Globe was. Well sort of...

Build in 1576, The Theatre was one of London's first permanent-public theaters. The Lord Chamberlain's Men took up residence in here in 1594, but were forced to vacate the facility in 1597 due to problems with their landlord, Giles Allen. After a short stint at The Curtain, the company's manager, Richard Burbage, was so frustrated that he took matters into his own hands.

Under the cover of darkness, on the night of December 28, 1598, Burbage and a handful of other men dismantled The Theatre and moved all the structural pieces. Eventually the remnants were ferried across the Thames and used to build The Globe.

On August 6 of this year, a group of excavators uncovered what they believe are the remains of The Theatre while preparing to build a new theatre. Hopefully the spirits of Burbage, Shakespeare, and the history below will inspire the players in the Tower Theatre Company.

Happy Birthday: Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

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