The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1114 Tuesday, 23 April 2002
Date: Tuesday, 23 Apr 2002 10:47:54 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 'Shakespeare's House Located'
>From the Guardian (23 April 2002)
'Shakespeare's house' located
Maev Kennedy, arts and heritage correspondent
Tuesday April 23, 2002
Remains of a timber framed house which Shakespeare may have built, and
lived in with other actors from his company, have been found within a
stone's throw of the site of his Globe theatre, and just round the
corner from the modern replica where the 438th anniversary of his birth
will be commemorated today.
The Globe theatre, and the actors' house, were built in 1599 in high
drama worthy of the playwright. The company's lease on the theatre, on
the north bank of the Thames, had expired. At dead of night, the
managers and men of the company, probably including Shakespeare,
dismantled the old building and ferried the timbers across to Southwark.
Their enraged former landlord, Giles Allen, bitterly described them as
"ryotous ... armed ... with divers and manye unlawfull and offensive
weapons ... pulling breaking and throwing downe the sayd Theater in
verye outragious violent and riotous sort to the great disturbance and
terrefyeing ... of divers others".
The site of the original Globe was located 12 years ago, and the design
of the new Globe was altered to reflect the evidence for the length and
angles of the original walls.
The new discovery is on the corner of the plot acquired in 1599 for the
theatre, and could provide the first solid evidence for the off-stage
life of Shakespeare and his colleagues.
Only a fragment has been excavated, but it matches the location of the
house known to have been built on land leased to the Globe shareholders
in 1599 including Shakespeare.
"We're never going to know for sure, but these finds do look extremely
interesting, and well worth further work," Monica Kendall, an
archaeologist and theatre worker, who has been researching the site,
The house built by the Chamberlain's Men was described as "adjoining"
the Globe theatre, and like the Globe was burned down in 1613.
Finds suggest a very comfortable life, with fragments of wine glasses,
some luxury imported pottery, and copious quantities of animal bones.
The timbers were found five years ago, in a limited excavation when
archaeologists were permitted only a few trial trenches, before
construction of flats and a car park.
*One of the highlights of the new season at the Globe Theatre will be a
Twelfth Night as accurate as possible to the style of Shakespeare's day,
with an all-male cast and handmade costumes.
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