No Risk Of Rotten Tomatoes In Shakespeare's Time

Disappointed audiences in Shakespeare's time would not have thrown tomatoes at the players on stage. More like dried figs or oyster shells. Archaeologists who have excavated the Globe and Rose theaters say theatergoers would have been munching on fruits, nuts or pies. And it seems class lines also divided snack lines. The rich likely enjoyed sturgeon steaks and crab. Commoners — or groundlings — probably settled for then-cheap oysters.

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It would not have been tomatoes disappointed audiences threw at the players in Shakespeare's time - more like dried figs or oyster shells. Archaeologists whove excavated the Globe and Rose theaters, say theatergoers would have been munching on dried fruits, nuts, pies. It seems class lines also divided snack lines. The rich likely enjoyed sturgeon steaks and crab. Commoners or groundlings probably settled for then-cheap oysters.

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