Program - Arts - London - United Kingdom
Preserved spirit of William Shakespeare

The story about reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe is the complex housing a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse associated with William Shakespeare, on the south bank of the River Thames. 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 academic approximation based on available evidence of the 1599 and 1614 buildings. It is considered quite realistic, though contemporary safety requirements mean that it accommodates only 1,400 spectators compared to the original theatre’s 3,000.

It was founded by the actor and director Sam Wanamaker, built about 230 meters (750 ft) from the site of the original theatre and opened to the public in 1997, with a production of Henry V. 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 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 and the Globe has the first and only thatched roof permitted in London since the Great Fire of 1666.

Plays are staged during the summer, usually between May and the first week of October. For unique British experience watch famous theater performances at Globe and have a true experience of the British capital.