London’s hipsters embrace the original creative, Shakespeare, after rare theater find

LONDON – The Horse and Groom pub is known as a drinking hole and dancing venue in the heart of London’s edgy Shoreditch.

It is not known as the place where Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was first performed more than 400 years ago — that is, until archeologists discovered the remains of the Curtain theater, an early Elizabethan playhouse.

“It is cool,” said 26-year-old Sophie McKay, a writer and part-time bartender at the pub as she gazed at the patch of pebbled courtyard under which archeologists recently found remnants of the Curtain, built in 1577. “A friend sent me the link and asked, ‘Isn’t this where you work?’ And I said, ‘Yes it is!’”

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F. Brinley Bruton has been a journalist for 15, and worked in Kabul, Mexico City, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now based in London, she is a editor, producer and senior writer at, a leader in breaking news and original journalism online that gets over a billion page views a month. Before joining -- which became in 2012 -- Brinley wrote about security, business and finance, international development and women’s issues. She has worked at Reuters in London and New York, and her pieces have appeared in the New Statesman, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Long Island Newsday, The Star-Ledger, and Arabies Trends, among others. She also wrote and blogged for AlertNet, Reuters’ humanitarian news website.
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