The Theatre

April 13th – On this day in 1576, the actor and theatrical impresario James Burbage leased the land on which he later built London’s first play-house, known simply as “The Theatre”, in Shoreditch. After the lease ran out twenty-one years later, the building was disassembled and reassembled in Southwark – as “The Globe” – by James’s son Cuthbert Burbage.Theatre plaque (1) Theatre plaque (2)

The site of “The Theatre” is visited on our “Aldgate, Bishopsgate and beyond” standard walk, and on our “Post-Medieval [Tudor and Stuart] London – The City that Shakespeare knew” themed special.

Further details of all our walks are available via the “Our Guided Walks” section of the web-site.

Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” section of the web-site), by e-mail (, or by phone (020-8998-3051).

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