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NEWINGTON BUTTS PLAYHOUSE

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The approximate site of a purpose built Elizabethan playhouse at Newington. It was sited near archery butts about a mile south of London Bridge, in what was then Surrey. Its correct contemporary name is not known. The playhouse may have been constructed in about 1575, possibly for Jerome Savary, leader of the "Earl of Warwick's Men" theatre company although this date is very conjectural. Little is known of its appearance, but it probably was built to reflect the style of a classical amphitheatre. Such purpose built theatres were partly constructed to avoid the onerous restrictions being placed on performances at inn-yards at the time. The classical inspiration for its appearance was probably intended to add an ambience of respectability to the theatre. Documentary evidence suggests that refreshments may have been available from a nearby "tap house". The famous companies of the "Admiral's Men" and the "Lord Chamberlain's Men", are known to have played at this theatre. The building is thought to have gone out of use by the end of the 1590s, probably because it was too far from the centre of London.

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