Finding A House In London…
A researcher has recently claimed that he has been successful in finding the house in London where William Shakespeare had created some of his most popular works, such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and others…
Theatre Historian Geoffrey Marsh – who conducted a research on the residences of the great English Poet, Playwright and Actor across Britain for more than a decade – said that Shakespeare used to live in lodgings near the graveyard of St Helen’s Church in London in the 1590s. Talking to the media last week, the historian said that he started collecting evidences in this regard in 2008, when well-preserved remains of Shakespeare’s original wooden O stage at the Curtain Theatre was discovered in a yard in East London. It is to be noted that ‘Henry V’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ were first performed at the Curtain Theatre. The hall in Shoreditch, which preceded the Globe on the Thames, had showcased many of his famous plays. However, it was dismantled in the 17th Century and the Britons lost its precise location!
The site at 35 Great St Helens near Liverpool Street is now occupied by an office block
Marsh was curious to know where Shakespeare did stay when his plays were being staged in London… He had prior information that the Great Playwright used to live near Liverpool Street Station in central London, and the area was known as St Helen’s parish at that time… Marsh also found Shakespeare’s name in the list of taxpayers of that period (1597-98)! However, it was still not clear where exactly did he stay! According to the historian, there are some clear evidences that Shakespeare lived at a place near the cemetery behind St Helen’s Church in 1590…
Marsh, the Director (Department of Theatre and Performance) of Victoria and Albert Museum, told the media: “The place where Shakespeare lived in London gives us a more profound understanding of the inspirations for his work and life. Within a few years of migrating to London from Stratford, he was living in one of the wealthiest parishes in the city, alongside powerful public figures, wealthy international merchants, society doctors, and expert musicians.” He stressed: “Living in what was one of the power locales of London would have also enhanced Shakespeare’s status as he developed his career, sought a family coat of arms and planned to buy an impressive and expensive house in Stratford.”
Interestingly, Shakespeare (April 23, 1564-April 23, 1616) has been known to be born and passed away on the same day at Stratford-upon-Avon!
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