Building    From 1577  To 1642

Curtain Theatre

Categories: Theatre

This, the second English purpose-built playhouse was erected very close to the first, The Theatre, and run by the same man, Burbage.  Not named for the modern drape on a proscenium arch, but for its proximity to Curtain Close, a place named itself after the nearby London Wall. Long plain sections of wall are still known to those in the know as "curtain walls".

Here, in this "wooden O", Shakespeare performed and Henry V was staged. Ceased operating somewhere between 1622 and the Civil War, 1642. In 2008, the Museum of London unearthed the footings of the Theatre and a new theatre is set to be built on the site.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Curtain Theatre

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Curtain Theatre - Curtain Road

On this site stood The Curtain Theatre (1577 - 1599) William Shakespeare firs...

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Curtain Theatre - Hewett Street

Near this site stood The Curtain Theatre, 1577 - c.1627, second English publi...

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Other Subjects

Philip Astley

Philip Astley

Equestrian performer and circus proprietor. Born Newcastle under Lyme. Aged 17 he joined the 15th Light Dragoons where he developed an exceptional ability breaking and riding horses. Discharged as ...

Person, Animals, Theatre

2 memorials
Comic Heritage

Comic Heritage

Merged with the Heritage Foundation.

Group, Cinema, History, Humour, Theatre, TV & Radio

29 memorials
Sir Oswald Stoll

Sir Oswald Stoll

Theatre manager impresario. Born Melbourne, Australia. Moved when young to England and helped his mother manage a music hall in Liverpool. Very successful and merged with his competitor to form the...

Person, Theatre, Australia

2 memorials
Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence

Actor. Born at 62 Potter Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. In an extensive career on stage, television and cinema (he appeared in over 200 films), he specialised in villainous parts such as Blofeld...

Person, Cinema, Theatre, TV & Radio, France

1 memorial
Ann Oldfield

Ann Oldfield

Actress.  Possibly born in Pall Mall.  Worked a lot for the Drury Lane company.  Died at home in Grosvenor Street at 59 or 60, depending on source -  perhaps the street has been renumbered. 

Person, Theatre

1 memorial