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“Shakespeare was entertainment, it was meant for the masses. He wrote performance poetry, therefore you have to see it performed, you have to feel the rhythm, someone has to give it life, it’s not something where you sit down and read it without seeing and understanding it beforehand.”
This has been a week of simultaneous celebration and destruction for Hackney. Shakespeare launched his career in Shoreditch, as lively in the 16th century as it is in the 21st. Residents have loved, censured and explored their corner of London during this week's East festival.
The theatre where William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was first performed has been unearthed in Hackney. Archaeologists from the Museum of London discovered the remains of a polygon-shaped playhouse in believed to have been built in 1576.