The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre is a triple-storey theatre that has a seating capacity of 3,000. It is the thatch and oak replica of the original Elizabethan theatre that used to show plays of William Shakespeare in the open air. Director Sam Wanamaker established Shakespeare’s Globe Trust and ensured that this famous iconic building gets preserved down the ages.
History of the Globe
Globe was the theatre that was always linked to William Shakespeare’s plays. It was built in 1599 by Lord Chamberlain’s Men. When the theatre was constructed, it was made out of oak, thatch and play house frames. The entire theatre burnt down in 1613 as a result of a special effect that set fire to the roof of this Elizabethan play house. It was rebuilt the very next year on the southern bank of River Thames and became famous as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Since then, it has featured among the most important play houses of the world and of all time. The Theatre was also co-owned by the famous playwright himself.
In 1997, the theatre was remodelled as Shakespeare’s Globe and has become home to daily tours with a six-month season of Shakespeare’s plays. It is now a steady tourist destination, in its own right. With hundreds of standing tickets per production for a small fee, Shakespeare’s Globe is not only one of London’s most iconic theatres, but also one of its most accessible. As of 2014, the theatre’s huge open-air auditorium was been joined by the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, an intimate, strikingly beautiful indoor space that opens during the months the main theatre is shut.
Exhibition and Tour of Theatre
Those visiting London can get a feel for the Globe even if they do not have the time to sit through the actual plays. A ticket for the half-hour guided tour will enable visitors to hear stories about the late 16th century, and to learn about the original venue and the restoration during the 1990s. There is no need to book tickets of this tour in advance; you may just buy those tickets once you arrive at the Theatre.
The Future of Globe
This Theatre is looking to recreate the erstwhile world of the Elizabethan theatre going by means of creating an open air ambience for the building. This experience will not translate as being uncomfortable with the backless bench seating arrangements or the hubbub of the groundlings. Whatever the discomfort of being there, it has always been observed that the audiences are merrily responsive, even in serious experiences such as Macbeth. The Globe experience is a highly entertaining one and it will remain so for ages to come.