The remains of the theatre where Shakespeare’s Hamlet may have been first performed has been granted legal protection by the government.
Archeological remains of the Theatre, which dates back to 1576, have been added to the National Heritage List for England, alongside the ruins of another Elizabethan playhouse near London’s Bankside.
Shakespeare and his acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, were strongly associated with the Theatre – the remains of which were discovered in Hackney in 2008.
Some scholars believe Hamlet was performed for the first time at the venue in 1596, and it is also thought to be where Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus was first staged.
On September 22, 2016, Los Angeles Opera presented Darko Tresnjak’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Macbeth. Verdi and Francesco Maria Piave based their opera on Shakespeare’s play of the same name.
They premiered it in 1847, a few years before the play appeared in Italian. A lifelong lover of the English Bard’s plays, in 1865, Verdi revised and expanded the opera with the help of Andrea Maffei for presentation in Paris. All of this was before Verdi wrote Otello, which he staged in 1887 or Falstaff, his last opera, which premiered in 1893.
In his program article on Macbeth, Music Director James Conlon notes, “It has been observed that Verdi’s opera is a tragedy for the royal couple but a comedy for the witches.”