The Curtain Theatre - Elizabethan Amphitheatre
The Curtain Theatre amphi-theatre opened in 1577 in Curtain Close, Finsbury Fields, Shoreditch. The Curtain was the second such public playhouse (after The Theatre) to be built in London . Henry Lanman was a theatrical entrepreneur and was responsible for its creation. He was also the theatre's manager until 1592. A number of companies performed at the theater including the Chamberlain's Men (William Shakespeare was known to have played at the theater whist his acting troupe was waiting for the Globe to be built). The amphi-theatre was in use from 1577 to 1622, and it may have remained standing until the mid-1660s.