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Shakespeare’s Globe " the most Elizabethan of London attractions

Published: Thursday 22nd of November 2012

News that £250,000 has been awarded to help restore the Elizabethan Rose theatre in London by the Heritage Lottery Fund shows that interest in the world of Shakespeare is as strong as ever.

The Rose was the site of the first performances of many of Shakespeare’s plays, but another theatre, built a decade later, was also a key venue in the playwright’s time – the Globe.

Having been destroyed by fire in 1613, the Globe underwent many reincarnations on the south bank of the River Thames, being rebuilt in 1614 and then demolished in 1644.

It has been said that timbers from the Rose, which was a rival to the Globe, were used at one point to rebuild one of the incarnations of the theatre which has become synonymous with the world’s most famous playwright.

These days  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition offers the best Elizabethan theatre experience there is anywhere in the world.

An accurate reconstruction of the original theatre, the Globe allows visitors to understand the world in which Shakespeare’s plays were performed completely.

Performances are still regularly staged at the Globe, allowing those attending this top London attraction to feel exactly what it was like to be in an Elizabethan audience.

The contrast to modern day theatre excursions is quite profoundly felt, as many of the tickets offer standing room as opposed to a seat and the stage itself is unroofed.

This is Shakespeare as it was originally viewed and any enthusiast will feel the centuries ebb away as they watch plays performed in the manner in which the bard intended.

Visitors can also step behind the scenes of the Globe on a guided tour which gives a better insight into how productions are staged and the quest for authenticity.

The guides are informative and tourists from a wide range of countries are catered for as there is information supplied in no less than 14 languages.

Throughout the year the Globe hosts special events as well as its regular calendar of activities, so it is always worth seeing what is scheduled prior to a visit.

Some of these occasions include Midnight Matinees, which imbue classic plays with an extra special air of magic due to the late hour in which they are performed.

A party atmosphere begins from the moment visitors join the queue and after the performance they are let out into a London lit up with twinkling lights and alive with the essence of history.

Other tourists to London may wish to enjoy occasions where they can meet the cast after a performance and gain insight into how it feels to utter the immortal words of Shakespeare on stage to an audience of hundreds.

Shakespeare’s plays are constantly reworked and interpreted by actors across the world, with each performance adding something new.

By exploring the bard’s history and the theatrical tradition surrounding his work, visitors can get even more out of the great man’s plays.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition makes for a wonderful day out, which is topped off by going to see one of the bard’s most famous plays within such an atmospheric setting.

The schedule for next year’s season at the Globe has recently been announced and such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Macbeth all feature.

No Shakespeare fan should come to London and miss on out on the chance to experience the world of the bard firsthand.

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Posted by Georgina Black

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