Theatre Archaeology and the Shakespearean stage

Author(s): Ollie Jones

Year: 2013


In recent years, archaeology has greatly influenced our understanding of the Shakespearean stage, thorough its excavation of the Rose and the Globe theatres, and in summer 2013, the Curtain. However, although such excavations have shed important light on the architecture, performance space and visitor experiences in these buildings, current experiments in past performance practice are restricted to models derived from these purpose-built theatre spaces. This paper present the results of an innovative and interdisciplinary project based in the Departments of Archaeology and Theatre, Film and Television in York. The project sought to record and reconstruct the performance spaces of pre-theatre buildings such as the Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon, where companies such as the Queen’s Men rehearsed and performed plays before civic audiences. The project involved the detailed analysis not only of buildings, but also documentary sources and play texts and culminated in a performance of ‘The Troublesome Reign of King John’.

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Theatre Archaeology and the Shakespearean stage. Ollie Jones. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428310)


guildhall Performance theatre

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
16th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 558