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Shakespeare, Shoreditch and showbiz

New excavations of Shakespeare’s earliest venue show what a dodgy business theatre was in Tudor London

By Veronica Horwell  

Archaeologists work on the exposed remains as the site of Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre is excavated in Shoreditch in London, 17th May 2016 ©Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images

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The Curtain theatre in Shoreditch, and the grander The Theatre nearby (the only one in England when it was built in 1576, so no need for a recherché name) were almost more fun than the later entertainment complex on Bankside—Shakespeare’s famous Globe. Almost…

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