Although the original Globe Theatre was destroyed by fire, a new replica may be found on the south bank of the Thames. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has been transformed into a massive complex that includes a restored original outdoor theatre, a winter theatre, a museum, and an education center. Opening dates for these features are pending.
The original Globe Theatre was built in 1596-1597 and was operated by William Shakespeare and his company until 1613 when it was burned down during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt within a few months and continued to operate until 1760 when it was finally closed due to financial difficulties. In 1879 it was demolished to make way for the construction of Southwark Cathedral. A couple of years later, a group of enthusiasts led by J. M. W. Turner began to collect information about the theater. In 1881, they founded the Shakespeare Memorial Company with the goal of rebuilding the Globe using original plans or descriptions of the building. The company raised money to purchase the site from Southwark Cathedral and hired architect Edmund Sharpe to design a new theater based on historical records. Construction started in 1882 and was completed in 1893. This second Globe Theatre opened with Henry VI, Part 1 and was used for performances until 1916 when it also was destroyed by fire. Today, visitors can see photographs of the original Globe Theatre at the College of Arms in London and there is also a model of it in the British Museum.
Although the original Globe Theatre was destroyed by fire, a new replica may be found on the south bank of the Thames. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has been transformed into a massive complex that includes a restored original outdoor theatre, a winter theatre, a museum, and an education center.
You may have a bench seat in the lower galleries that ringed the yard for an additional fee. You may even sit more comfortably on a cushion for an extra cent or two. The "Lord's Rooms" would have had the most costly seats. The price of admission to the indoor theater began at 6 pence.
The Globe Theatre is a recreation of Shakespeare's original open-air theater, where many of his plays were performed. The circular white-and-black timber-frame house with a thatched roof is visible from the river and is located on the South Bank in London's Bankside neighborhood. It has been called "the most beautiful theatre in Europe."
The Globe was built in 1599 by William Shakespear, who had married into the family that owned the land. He made his living as an actor, writer, and producer of plays. The Globe underwent major renovations in 1637 by Inigo Jones to turn it into a more sophisticated theater for King Charles I and his court. These renovations included adding glass windows, which are believed to have been done by Christopher Wren when he was bishop of London.
During the English Civil War (1642–51) the Globe collapsed into a ruinous state. It was restored by John Nash and again became a theater famous for its productions of old dramas. The last performance there was in 1731. The Globe then disappeared until 1824, when it was rebuilt by James Burge and once again became a theater. This time it was a Victorian-era replica of Shakespeare's original theater; although not open to the public, it did host some performances for tourists in the late 19th century.
Shakespeare's Globe is a recreation of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan theater where William Shakespeare penned his plays, located in the London Borough of Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames. Opened in 1997, it is the world's first fully reconstructive theatre. The original Globe collapsed during a performance in 1599; it has been rebuilt twice, most recently from its ruins in 2003 by British actor and director Sam Wanamaker who also founded the company that owns the theatre. The new Globe was featured on the cover of Time magazine when it opened.
The theatre is operated by Globe Theatre Company Ltd which also holds the exclusive right to present Shakespeare's works across the world. It does not receive government funding but relies instead on membership fees, ticket sales, and donations to fund its operations and future projects.
Globe-style theaters once existed all over Europe but they are now found only in England and America. There are also several smaller replica theaters around the world that present live performances of various plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries such as Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd. None of these other theaters uses electric lights or audio systems powered by batteries; all use candles or oil lamps.
Southwark is a London borough. The theatre was built by British actor and director Sam Wanamaker who bought the site in 1963. It is now managed by a nonprofit company called Globe Theatres which does not own the building but leases it from the government.
The theatre has been described as "the most architecturally interesting thing to have grown up since Shaftesbury Avenue collapsed". It is set in an open-air auditorium with tiered seating that resembles a tent, with wood from around the world being used for its construction. In addition to presenting plays, the Globe hosts other events including music concerts and exhibitions.
It is estimated that more than 100,000 people visit the Globe Theatre each year. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Visitors can sit in the front row of the gallery for £10 plus admission charges. There are also cheaper seats in the house circle for £5 and in the yard area for £3.
In addition to writing plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Hamlet, Shakespeare made significant contributions to genres such as comedy and tragedy. He is regarded as one of the greatest playwrights in the English language.