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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st June 1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rice's musical Evita, premiers in London
21st June 1944 Born today: Ray Davies, London, singer/guitarist (Kinks-Come Dancing)
21st June 1937 The first TV broadcast of a tennis match from Wimbledon was of a first round match between Bunny Austin and George Rogers.
21st June 1930 Born today: Peter Marshall, police commissioner (London)
21st June 1921 Born today: Jean Kent, London England, actress (Adv of Sir Francis Drake)
Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre
The site of Shakespeare's ancient Curtain Theatre.
Location: Curtain Road, Shoreditch
Description: The Curtain was operated by theatre manager James Burbage, was built in 1577.
It was home to Shakespeare's Company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, from 1597 until The Globe opened two years later.
The theatre, named after the ancient road it was on, disappeared from historical records in 1622 but could have remained in use until the outbreak of the Civil War, 20 years later.
Plays thought to have premiered there include Henry V, Romeo and Juliet and Ben Jonson's Every Man in His Humour.
When the actor-manager James Burbage fell out with his landlord at the Theatre, the company according to cherished theatre legend dismantled the timbers overnight and shipped them across the river to build his most famous theatre, the Globe, on Bankside.
The site is planned to open to the public eventually, after the block is developed into retail and accomodation.