1997 In London, a reproduction of the late 16th-century Globe Theatre was built in 1997. This theater, which is used for events at Shakespeare's original site, allows visitors to see how his plays would have been performed in 1613.
The original Globe Theatre was a wooden construction that stood on London's Bankside from 1599 until it was destroyed by fire in 1613. It was here that William Shakespeare created some of his most famous works, including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
After the destruction of the original Globe, Shakespeare managed to secure permission to build another one. This new theater was made out of brick and had a thatched roof. It opened in 1614 and could hold up to 2,500 people. This new theater remained open for only two years before it too was burned down by an arsonist who likely also set fire to another nearby theater. This time it was not rebuilt.
Since then, there have been other attempts to reproduce this unique theater, but none have been as successful or popular as the original. In fact, since the opening of the first Globe in 1997, no other theater has even come close to selling out its ticket inventory.
The new Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, which is around twenty years old, was constructed to seem as much like the original Globe Theatre as possible. You can see what it looked like if you seek for photographs of that theater. The new Globe was built near Southwark Cathedral. It is a wooden building with timber framing and panels covered in tar and hessian (a type of heavy cloth) on which are painted pictures of all the major plays that have been performed there.
The original Globe Theatre was a simple structure of wood and canvas, but it played an important role in the early history of both William Shakespeare and acting. It was here that Shakespeare's career started in 1599 when he wrote and performed his first play, Romeo and Juliet. The Globe attracted large audiences because of its innovative design - it was a open-air theater seating up to 3200 people at a time! Today, there are only two such surviving Globe theaters in England. One is located in London at the Southwark Cathedral and the other one is located in Stratford-upon-Avon.
You may not be able to go inside the Globe Theatre in London but you can visit the site where it used to stand. In addition, you can see a reconstruction of the theatre on display at the Shakespeare's Globe Museum located next to the site where the original Globe stood.
1997 In 1997, the Globe was finished and formally inaugurated. It also performs new plays developed for the Globe each season. After all, all of Shakespeare's plays were new at the time!
The Globe is constructed of wood with metal fittings, and has a thatched roof. It is located on London Bridge, directly across from the old Rose Theatre, which no longer exists. The Globe can hold up to 2,000 people and is one of the largest theatres in Europe.
The original idea for a new Globe came from Sir Leslie Wilson, who died in 1994. He had been President of the Royal Society of Literature since 1952 and one of his last acts as president was to donate £1 million (about $15 million today) to found what would become the Globe Theatre. His daughter, Jane, now carries on his work at the society.
The theatre was designed by British architect John McAslan, and construction began in 1995. It took about two years to complete the project. The opening night performance was given by Christopher Walken on August 6, 1997. This was also the first public performance of Hamlet with this cast and crew. Since then, they have both performed at the theatre and created new works for it each year.
The theatre is used for both professional and community productions.
In June 1614, a second Globe Theatre was erected on the same site, and it was closed by an Ordinance issued on September 6, 1642. Shakespeare's Globe, a contemporary reproduction of the Globe, opened in 1997, around 750 feet (230 m) from the original theatre. It is now managed by a nonprofit organization called the Globe Trust, which keeps the open-air theatre open for public performances.
The ordinance that closed down the first Globe Theatre was prompted by fears that such popular entertainment might influence thoughtless audiences to join forces against King Charles I. The playwright Thomas Middleton is said to have inspired this move by writing the word "Shakespeare" in large letters on a sheet of paper and throwing it into the audience during one of his plays. The king is reported to have seen this display and ordered the theatre shut down.
It may come as a surprise that the first Globe Theatre did not close after the execution of Charles I in 1649 but instead was re-built over the course of several years under the direction of Richard Burbage who had been one of the original actors who performed at the theatre. The new Globe was larger and more elaborate than its predecessor and it is this version that exists today. Although Shakespeare's widow inherited the Globe property, it is believed she sold it to avoid death duties.
Shakespeare's Globe, a contemporary reproduction of the Globe, opened in 1997, around 750 feet (230 m) from the original theatre. The Globe Theatre: The present Gielgud Theatre was known as the "Globe Theatre" until 1994, when it was renamed (in honor of John Gielgud).