Shakespeare' s Globe Theatre in general Reviews
Description:21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT. (London Bridge/Southwark tube). A modern reconstruction of the original Globe, ... more
Newest Review: ... would satisfy me. This is therefore a review of the theatre only. It's a seemingly authentic recreation of the original (although I'm not sure whether they actually had old plans to copy or just guesstimated). It's constructed entirely from timber. There are only a few modern innovations, like electric lights. There are sprinklers on top of the authentic thatched roof, in case it should ... more
Customer Shakespeare' s Globe Theatre in general Reviews (5)
by - written on 29/07/10 (Very useful, 307 readings)
I'm a keen theatre goer, but tend to overlook Shakespeare's Globe. I've only been three times in the 14 years I've lived in London - compared to 50-odd trips to the National, this isn't too impressive. I tend to see it as a bit too touristy. As I'm sure everyone knows, The Globe was the theatre owned by Shakespeare's company, The Lord Chamberlain's Men. It was situated on the South Bank of the Thames about 200 metres away from the modern version. It burned down due to a misfiring prop, was rebuilt, and eventually torn down by the Puritans in the 1640s, as they thought theatre was inherently sinful. Back in those days, it probably was. Southwark, ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/09/08 (Very useful, 141 readings)
I had never even heard of Timon of Athens before deciding to see it at the Globe. Not being a fan of Shakespeare's comedies and being offered a chance to go to the Globe I opted for this as the only other option currently available. I was worried that I wouldn't understand anything that was going on but found that I need not have worried. Admittedly I did read the synopsis on Wikipedia before I went but I think even without this I would have been fine. There were of course some sections of speeches that I didn't follow completely but it is a credit to the actors and the director (Lucy Bailey) that the majority of the story comes across clearly despite the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 30/06/02, updated on 16/10/02 (Very useful, 3375 readings)
When my daughter told me, earlier in the year, that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was one of the plays being produced at the Globe Theatre in London this year, to book tickets was a must. When she told me a few days later that there was to be a Midsummer Night’s performance at midnight, well, there was just no other date that we could book was there? Even though it had only just been announced that this performance was going to take place, tickets were in short supply. We managed to acquire two in the lower stand, on one side of the stage. We had a restricted view, but what the hell! To see A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Midsummer’s night ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/08/00, updated on 12/08/00 (Very useful, 124 readings)
When Sam Wannamaker's proposal to rebuild the Globe close to its original site was first mooted, I was dismissive of the idea. I thought that it would just be another ride in "England-Land", that commercial construction of a fantasy England, and a siren call intensifying that dread English desire to avoid the present by living in the past. What is more, I always thought that reconstructing Shakespeare in this way would have been an indication of a desire to pickle him - and you can only embalm the dead. When I saw a broadcast from the Globe after it had opened, I began to revise my opinion. When I actually went there, I blessed the memory ... Read the complete review
by - written on 10/08/00, updated on 13/08/00 (Very useful, 460 readings)
The original Shakespeare's Globe burned down in 1613, and a detailed reproduction based on drawings of the time has been constructed on the South Bank in London. The building techniques, where fire safety legislation has allowed, have mimicked those used at the time, to produce a fascinating building, as per the wishes of the late Sam Wanamaker, whose brainchild the reconstructed Globe was. The theatre only operates in the Summer, which should come as a welcome relief to those "groundlings" who stand in the centre of the theatre in front of the stage, and are encouraged to jeer and cheer the players, as the theatre hasn't got a roof - and is ... Read the complete review
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