"The Globe Theatre" South Bank Tip by uglyscot
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The Globe Theatre as it is today is a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theatre. Sam Wanamaker, an American actor/director had the dream of giving London back one of its most famous theatres . Plans were drawn up using descriptions and etchings from contemporary documents. The end result would not perhaps make Shakespeare feel at home , if he were to return today, but neither would it be completely alien .
The Globe is circular and open to the skies. The audience stand and react with the players as they perform on stage- not with rotten tomatoes, eggs or oranges though.
The wooden frame building with the lath and plaster filling and thatched roof is near, but not on ,the original street. A flag was flown when a performance was in progress.
In addition to the actual theatre the new complex has an exhibition section and educational programme.
It was begun 1987 and completed 1997.
Both Shakespeare and Sam Wanamaker are commemorated in nearby Southwark Cathedral..
Address: New Glebe Walk, Bankside, Southwark SE1 9DT
Directions: Southwark Tube Station and walk along the river in a southerly direction You can't miss it.
Phone: 44=(0)20 79021400
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