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Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse associated with William Shakespeare. The original theatre was built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644. The modern Globe Theatre reconstruction is an approximation based on available evidence of the 1599 and 1614 buildings.  Shakespeare’s Globe was built close to the site of the original theatre and opened to the public in 1997. There is also an exhibition about Shakespeare’s life and work.

Replicas and free interpretations of the Globe have been built around the world, however, this is the closest to the original location where William Shakespeare’s plays were first presented. The theatre is located about 230 metres (750 ft) from the original site, measured from centre to centre. The Thames was much wider in Shakespeare’s time, and the original Globe was on the riverbank, though that site is now far from the river, and the river-side location for the reconstructed Globe was chosen to recreate the atmosphere of the original theatre.

Like the original Globe, the modern theatre has a thrust stage that projects into a large circular yard surrounded by three tiers of raked seating. The only covered parts of the amphitheatre are the stage and the seating areas. Plays are staged during the summer, usually between May and October. Tours are available all year round.

Highlights of the Shakespeare’s Globe

  • Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe

  • Site:                Shakespeare’s Globe
  • City:                London
  • Country:          United Kingdom
  • Opened:         1997
  • Type:               Historical reconstruction
  • Location:         New Globe Walking, London, United Kingdom

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“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
– Bertrand Russell

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Photo Credit: JOM

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