Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is located on the bank of the river Thames in Bankside’s Cultural quarter. It is the complex housing a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse associated with William Shakespeare.

In 1613 the Globe Theatre went up in flames during a performance. It is read that a cannon, set off during the performance, misfired, igniting the wooden beams and thatching.  The Globe was closed down by an ordered decree by the Puritans in 1642.

I saw Romeo & Juliet at this amazing theatre! It was such a fabulous performance loaded with great interpretations of the original play. The actors were marvelous!!

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.

I read that the building itself is constructed entirely of English oak, with mortise and tenon joints and is, in this sense, an “authentic” 16th century timber-framed building, as no structural steel was used. The seats are simple benches ( I hired cushions for the performance) and the Globe has the first and only thatched roof permitted in London since the Great Fire of 1666.

Plays run May through first week of October!

 

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