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Paul visits "The Theatre" (March 2009)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:27 pm    Post subject: Paul visits "The Theatre" (March 2009) Reply with quote

Paul was among the well known faces that came to see "The Theatre". Romeo and Juliet was almost certainly premiered here.
http://www.thetheatre.org.uk/news.htm


Paul with director Barry Bliss
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this the supposed theater we see in 'Shakespeare in Love'? Smile (You must excuse me, I'm not very up on my Shakespeare-- sadly I have to rely on pop culture resources for my frame of reference... Wink ) I'm amazed something as 'sacred' as this was buried and forgotten in the first place. Very interesting, thanks Scribble. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another article about Paul's visit:

http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk/English/News/Current/theatrevisit.htm

Actors Visit Shoreditch Site
23 March 2009



Actors Sir Ian McKellen and Paul McGann were among the visitors last week to a disused warehouse in Shoreditch. They had come to see the site where Museum of London Archaeology recently uncovered further remains of what is believed to be The Theatre, Londonís first purpose-built playhouse.

The visitors were shown the remains of what are believed to be the foundations of the inner wall of the polygonal theatre. They also viewed the sloping gravel surface butting up against the inner wall; it is thought that this is the remains of the yard, where the audience stood.

The actors were delighted to be standing in the location where Romeo and Juliet almost certainly received its premiere. Paul McGann said it was an experience he would never forget.

The Tower Theatre Company, one of Londonís leading non-professional theatre organisations, plans to build a new theatre on the site. It is hoped that the planning process will begin in April 2009, with the theatre ready to open in 2012.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teri wrote:
Is this the supposed theater we see in 'Shakespeare in Love'? Smile (You must excuse me, I'm not very up on my Shakespeare-- sadly I have to rely on pop culture resources for my frame of reference... Wink ) I'm amazed something as 'sacred' as this was buried and forgotten in the first place. Very interesting, thanks Scribble. Smile


To be honest, I'm not sure. Smile
I thought that in the movie, they were performing in The Globe theater. Though it would be more historically accurate if they were in The Theatre, wouldn't it?
(Hmmm...must remember to rent the movie again sometime) Smile

Here's another fascinating article about The Theatre:
http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk/English/News/Current/the+theatre.htm

Some excerpts:

"Shakespeare wrote and performed at The Theatre between 1594-7 and Romeo and Juliet was almost certainly premiered there."

"In 1597 following a disagreement between the Burbages and their landlord, the wooden structure was dismantled and taken south of the river to become part of The Globe theatre."
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The plays in Shakespeare in Love were staged in a reconstructed Globe Theatre. I remember reading that Judi Dench said she got the structure after filming was over.

SiL is one of very favorite movies. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bumping this thread to mention, this is the location where Paul McGann and Susannah Harker performed Shakespeare on July 15, 2010.

Read more about it here: Smile
http://www.mcgannlibrary.org/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1092
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