The remains of what may be the oldest theater in London, dating to the start of Queen Elizabeth’s reign in England, have been unearthed on land earmarked for a new housing development in the East End of the city.

The buried ruins are thought to be from the Red Lion playhouse, the first purpose-built theater in the English-speaking world, which was founded as London grew into a major Renaissance city. At that time, plays were the premiere form of entertainment, beloved of Queen Bess herself.

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