Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
During a trip to London in 1949, the American actor Sam Wanamaker came to a sobering realization: despite Shakespeare’s incalculable contribution to English literature and language, no special monuments had been erected in honor of the legendary venue where his plays were enacted: the Globe Theater. In fact, the only indication that the Globe Theater had ever existed was given by a lugubrious bronze plaque hung on a wall of a tavern.
And so Wanamaker set out to correct this grave injustice by rebuilding the Globe Theater on the southern bank of the Thames, near the Tate Modern Gallery, following all the known specifications of the original building. Half a century later, at the cost of more than ten million pounds, the Globe Theater was rebuilt and finally opened to the public.
Visitors are now welcome to watch Shakespeare’s plays year around, visit a small museum devoted to his work and take a guided tour through the theater. What follows is a small collection of pictures I took during my visit this weekend with added captions and commentary. This coming April 23rd, 2014, the world will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This is my way of paying the great bard my respects. Thank you for all the great plays and more importantly, for sonnet XVIII!