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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th December 1990 Louis Jordan's revue Five Guys Named Moe, premieres in London
14th December 1946 Born today: Jane Birkin, London England, actress (Mrs Don Juan, Dark Places, Dust)
14th December 1901 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)
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.