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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
The First ever London Theatre
London's first ever theatre was opened here by James Burbage.
Location: 86-88 Curtain Road
Description: This is the site of the first ever theatre in London, the forerunner of the Globe.
James Burbage's theatre of 1576 featured a troupe including William Shakespeare and some of his plays were believed to have been performed here.
After a lease dispute they knocked it down and took it to the Southbank where they built the Globe Theatre. There was another theatre opened near here the year after called The Curtain.