Excavation works carried out by the Museum of London in Shoreditch have uncovered what appear to be the remains of the theatre where William Shakespeare’s plays were first performed. An open-air theatre had long been known to exist in the area, but the finding of footings of a polygonal structure at New Inn Broadway is the first tangible sign of the whereabouts of the dedicated performance space known as The Theatre. Opened in 1576, the theatre was later dismantled and its timbers used to build the famous Globe Theatre on the South Bank. A modern playhouse will eventually be built on the site, which will be home to the Tower Theatre Company.