Theatregoers in Shakespeare's day 'enjoyed peaches, figs and oysters'





Tudor theatregoers enjoyed walnuts, peaches and figs and even the odd oyster, according to the most detailed ever study of a playhouse from the age.

A rich variety of seafood was on offer to peckish audience members, including crabs, cockles, mussels, periwinkles and whelks.

Sturgeon steaks were also popular with 16th century audiences enjoying plays by Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.

The findings come from an archaeological survey of the site of the Rose Theatre on what is now the South Bank in London.

Archaeologists Julian Bowsher and Pat Miller wrote up a report published by the Museum of London Archaeology.




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