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Hidden passages found in Shakespeare theater

By T.K. Randall
November 12, 2016 · Comment icon 1 comment

Many of Shakespeare's plays were performed at the Curtain Theater. Image Credit: Public Domain
Secret tunnels have been discovered beneath the stage of William Shakespeare's Curtain Theater in London.
The historic theater, which was built in 1577, was once the main venue for The Lord Chamberlain's Men, a famous company of actors for which Shakespeare himself wrote most of his plays.

Now archaeologists excavating the site have revealed the discovery of hidden passageways underneath the stage and backstage areas - tunnels that would have enabled the actors to get around unseen during performances.
"We found two thresholds of doorways - we thought they were doors to allow the audience access from the yard up to the gallery but now we can see that the doors would actually allow movement underneath the stage" said senior archaeologist Heather Knight.

There were other surprises in store during the excavation too, such as the discovery that the stage is actually much longer than previously thought and that, unlike other theaters of the time, there was no 'tiring house' - an area backstage where the actors would have changed their costumes.

Items such as drinking vessels, clay pipes and glass beads were also found at the site.

Source: IB Times | Comments (1)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Black Monk 8 years ago
It'd be good living in one of those homes being built on the site, knowing that right here where you live was once one of Shakespeare's theatres.

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