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The Globe's new roof begins to take shape

Published: Saturday 25th of October 2008

As London's first thatched new building since the Great Fire of 1666, Shakespeare's Globe in Southwark, south London was a valuable look back in time at traditional building methods from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Now work is underway of on a new roof for the building, under the guiding hand of the master thatchers who worked on famous replica in 1996, Phil Campbell and Kit Davis.

According to the BBC, the renovation work will use 800 bundles of sedge and 10,000 English hazel spars, as the thatchers replace the traditional structure.

Among the very 21st century technology employed in the work will be a custom-built sprinkler system and a flame-retardant chemical treatment, as modern custodians learn from the lessons of that fateful day 340 years ago when the capital was set ablaze.

Scheduled to take around a month, the work will not halt any performances as the theatre will continue with its normal activities through the project.

Earlier this month the Globe hosted a well-received production of The Burial at Thebes, based on Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's adaptation of the Greek classical tragedy Antigone.

LondonPass holders can enjoy the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Experience for free, saving £10.50 off the adult rate and £6.50 for children. Pass holders can also claim 10 per cent off at the gift shop.

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