Archaeologists Discover Venue Where Romeo and Juliet Debuted


Archaeologists say they have unearthed the theater were Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was first performed. The Curtain Theatre opened in 1577 in east London and was the main venue for Shakespeare's plays, such as Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, until the more-famous Globe Theatre opened in 1599.

In addition to being performed in more than 100 languages around the world, Romeo and Juliet is currently spending a summer under the stars at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. The ISF production sets the star-crossed lovers against a backdrop of 1920s Italy.

Parts of the 435-year-old Curtain Theatre's walls have recently been discovered in Shoreditch by archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology. It is the last of Shakespeare's theaters to be excavated.

The theater was found behind a pub earmarked for redevelopment, with portions found nine feet below surface level. More digging is slated to take place later this year and in early 2013.