WILLIAM Shakespeare’s first theatre offered mainly hardcore sex plays, it has emerged.
The excavation of Shoreditch’s Curtain Theatre revealed manuscripts with crude punning titles including The Merry Milfs of Windsor, Henry XXX and Coriolanal.
Historian Roy Hobbs said: “In the play Boneo and Juliet, the character Boneo asks, ‘Shall I compare thee to a hot piece of ass?’.
“These are unquestionably the words of the Bard.”
A theatre programme found at the site even suggests that Shakespeare, then a young, struggling actor, appeared in the plays under the pseudonym Bill Spearcock.
Hobbs added: “The Curtain’s repertoire was not entirely pornographic. They also did violent historical plays with breasts and explosions and cheap horror plays like Ye Puppetmaster and Ye Critters VII: Ye Critters Versus Ye Leprechaun.”