The Theatre

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.

MID_SirIanMcKellen_TarynActor Sir Ian McKellen visits the site of the excavation

The buried remains of “The Theatre” in Shoreditch came to light during archaeological excavations in 2008.

The site of “The Theatre” is visited on our “Aldgate, Bishopsgate and beyond” standard walk, and on our “Tudor and Stuart London” 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 (lostcityoflondon@sky.com), or by phone (020-8998-3051).

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