Exploring Theatre and Ourselves
Theatre in London was first popularized during the reign of Elizabeth I, from 1558-1603. The queen hosted regular private performances for her court, most frequently selecting productions by Shakespeare’s company of players. The first permanent theatre in London was built in 1576, when the public was introduced to Shakespeare en masse. In 1642, the Puritans banned all theatre in London for a period of 18 long years, but after the end of the English Civil War, the new monarchy reinstated their patronage of the arts. Theatre has continued to flourish in the city ever since. Today, there are over 230 professional theatres in the city, and is an international destination for both classic and contemporary theatre, holding a wealth of offerings for the cultural tourist.
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