The first English playhouse? Holger Syme on the new archaeological discovery of the Red Lion
ABL #57, 6 July, 2020
Last month, archaeologist Stephen White of University College London announced the discovery of the Red Lion site, an often-forgotten Elizabethan playhouse that is the earliest we know of. Theatre historian Holger Syme discusses the implications of this discovery, especially the way that archaeological discoveries of the past thirty-five years seem to be cumulatively disproving the idea of the thrust stage.
For more on the earliest years of the London playhouses, see Holger’s theatre history posts on his website, http://www.dispositio.net, as well as the Before Shakespeare project, on the earliest years of the London playhouses, for which Holger is an advisor, BeforeShakespeare.com.
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For more on these ideas, see:
- Holger Syme, Dispositio: Mostly Theatre, Then and Now, There and Here
- UCL, Archaeologists may have discovered London's earliest playhouse , 2020
- Callan Davies, Andy Kesson and Lucy Munro, Before Shakespeare