October 13, 2008

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

In May 1997, the new Globe Theatre -- a replica of the Elizabethan original, thatched roof and all -- staged its first slate of plays (Henry V and A Winter's Tale) yards away from the site of the 16th-century theater where the Bard originally staged his work.

The old theatre opened in 1599 and burnt down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII when a cannon ball fired from the stage set fire to the thatched roof. It was rebuilt but shut down by the Puritans in 1642.

The Shakespeare Globe Theatre is on the south bank of the River Thames between Blackfriars and Southwark Bridges, next door to the Tate Modern. It's a five minute walk from Blackfriars tube station.



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