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Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre (86)

The existence of the current Globe Theatre is due to the efforts of a North American actor and director called Sam Wanamaker. This unconditional fan of theatre visited London for the first time in 1949. Surprised at seeing where, in the 17th century, the theatre that performed the works of William Shakespeare stood, nothing remained, he decided to create a foundation to spread the legacy of the great playwright and poet. 

His stubbornness paid off, for finally in 1987 the construction of a new Globe Theatre began. The original was burnt down completely in 1613, and despite the fact that it was rebuilt in 1641, it was closed in 1642. The works on the Wanamaker project lasted until 1997. Unfortunately its promoter was unable to see the finished work, since he died in 1993.

Today the Globe Theatre is an impressive reproduction of the original Elizabethan theatre in which the majority of Shakespeare’s works were premiered. It is some 200 metres from where the original theatre was located and is a circular wooden structure with a straw roof. The central part, just as occurred on the stages of the 17th century, is uncovered, and despite the majority of seats being sheltered beneath the roof, some of the audience is exposed to the inclement weather. Fortunately for those attending, the works are only performed in summer, which slightly reduces the possibilities of being soaked by a heavy downpour. 

In winter, the new Globe Theatre is kept open, but focuses its activity on providing information, since beneath the theatre there is a permanent exhibition that illustrates the most important moments in Shakespeare’s life as well as his excellent theatrical works.

The repertoire performed by the Globe Theatre Company is focused on the work of William Shakespeare, but should not be confused with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, whose base in London has traditionally been the Barbican Centre, but which lately has presented its plays on different West End stages.

If you like the works of the brilliant playwright and you want to appreciate the unique experience of seeing them just as their author must have seen them, then visit the Globe Theatre. It is clear that whoever has been here cannot say that this theatre is much ado about nothing. 

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