Archaeologists excavate London's first theatre

Archeologists are excavating "The Theater", London's first known successful playhouse, where it is believed that Shakespeare himself worked and may have even acted. The building was completed in 1576, and historians believe that Romeo and Juliet premiered there.

In 1598, after a dispute with his landlord, Shakespeare and his company dismantled The Theatre. The oak beams were later used to construct The Globe.

The 19th century building that stands over the site is being demolished to build a new theatre. The remains of the original Elizabethan structure will be on display in the new building. In addition to The Theatre, the remains of a medieval brewhouse have also been found at the site. [photo]