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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 9:42 p.m. PST

"Archaeologists have discovered remains of London's earliest purpose-built theater. The site at 85 Stepney Way was being excavated in advance of development when the team discovered a rectangular timber structure 40 by 31 feet made of 144 timbers. There were postholes around it, likely left by the structural posts that sustained the gallery seating. The dimensions of the structure and the evidence of the galleries closely matches the precise descriptions of the Red Lion playhouse found in two surviving legal records from a lawsuit filed by the carpenters who built it.

The Red Lion was originally a farmhouse built in about 1500. Within a few decades it had developed into a sort of speakeasy, an unofficial drinking establishment. In 1567, John Brayne made a deal with the farm owner to build the Red Lion playhouse next to the pub. It was London's first dedicated public theater ó as opposed to a home or inn or fair where theatrical productions were staged on occasion ó since Roman times…"



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saltflats192930 Jun 2020 10:24 p.m. PST

At least someone is going to the theater.

Huscarle01 Jul 2020 4:04 a.m. PST

The Romans had dedicated theatres, so I'm surprised that there wouldn't have been one in Londinium. However, an interesting find all the same.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2020 11:29 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


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