Picture of the White Hart Theatre (Inn-Yard)
The White Hart Theatre - Elizabethan (Inn-yard)
The White Hart Inn-yard theatre was located in Southwark following the Road down from London Bridge. Play performances took place between 1576 and 1594. This particular Inn played an important in history and in William Shakespeare's play Henry VI. The rebel Jack Cade chose the White Hart Inn for his headquarters.
The Elizabethan Inn-Yard
The early days of commercial theatre involved performances in public spaces such as town squares. Acting troupes travelled the country and sought lodgings at inns or taverns. The natural progression for the troupes was to negotiate with the tavern owner, or vintner, in order to stage a performance at the inn.