Erected in 1599, The Globe was London’s first theater built by and for actors. As one of seven shareholders in the company that commissioned it (not to mention the company’s chief playwright), Shakespeare probably had some say in the theater’s design. He wrote many of his plays, from Julius Caesar on, with this venue in mind. Roll your cursor over different parts to read more about the theater’s features and how they influenced writing, performing, and experiencing Shakespeare’s plays.
The Globe Theatre, London. It's all made out of wood, even what looks like marble. It was authentically recreated using only the technology/tools available in Shakespere's day--only exception was fire code requirements.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - not the original, but near the foundations (200m away). The first Globe was destroyed by fire in 1613. A replacement was built, but later closed (along with all theatres) in 1642 during the English Civil War. It was considered "not seemly to indulge in any kind of diversions or amusements during such troublous times." England became a republic, but it didn't take. The monarchy (& theatres) returned during the "Restoration", from 1660. SE1, London Bridge Tube.
The Globe theater as it looks today. The Globe is the most famous Elizabethan theater. In 1970, American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, founded the Shakespeare Globe Trust, and International Shakespeare Globe Centre with the objective of building a faithful recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe close to its original location. While many had said that the Globe reconstruction was impossible to achieve, he persevered for over twenty years, and eventually a new Globe theater was built according…