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Bell Inn

Picture of "Inn Yard" Theatre

Picture of "Inn Yard" Theatre

Bell Inn

The Bell Inn is one of the most Famous London Inns which was used as a venue for Elizabethan plays and theatre prior to the opening of Playhouses and purpose built Elizabethan Amphitheatres in London such as the Globe Theatre.

The Bell Inn - Elizabethan Theatre
The known facts about the Bell Inn, which was used as one of the venues for early English Elizabethan Theatre, are as follows:

  • London Location of the Bell Inn - Eastcheap, London
  • Elizabethan plays were performed in the courtyards of the Bell Inn - 1576 - 1594
  • The Elizabethan Acting Troupes would negotiate with the owner, or vintner, of the Bell Inn in order to stage a performance at the Bell Inn
  • The Cobbled Courtyard of the Bell Inn was the site of Elizabethan plays - a temporary stage would be erected on trestles
  • People who wanted to watch the plays at the Bell Inn were charged a small fee as they entered the courtyard - they had to pay extra if they wanted a view from the balcony.
  • In 1574 the City of London started regulating the Inn-yard activities which lead to the development of the covered Playhouses and the open Amphitheatres and the ultimate replacement of the Inn-yards for venues of Elizabethan plays and theatres.

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