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Friday, February 15, 2013

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

I strongly recommend that you visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre website and donate some money towards the construction of the new indoor Jacobean playhouse.

Please give whatever you can -- even if it's as little as one pound.

You can even donate 3000 pounds and have a seat named after you!

If you are in the UK, you can even donate via text message! Ingenious.

This new theatre will be named after Sam Wanamaker, who founded the Globe, which opened in 1997.

Unlike the large open-air Globe, this will be an enclosed theatre, seating only 340 people, and it will be lit entirely by candles!

As you can imagine, this will allow them to have performances through the winter, and while the open-air Globe is closed from November to March.

Computer design of the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, by Allies & Morrison

This is much the same reason why Shakespeare opened a Blackfriars indoor theatre, to allow for performances through the winter.

I tried to find out today what play they have chosen to inaugurate this new theatre, but they are announcing the schedule on 22 April of this year, with the first plays to begin in January 2014.

I personally hope they choose The Tempest, one of Shakespeare's very last plays, which was written for a performance indoors rather than outdoors.

I think it is in many ways Shakespeare's most personal play, and it was in many ways his farewell to the stage.

It must also have been held in high regard by Shakespeare's fellow actors, Richard Burbage and Henry Condell, when they prepared and published the First Folio in 1623, years after Shakespeare had died, in 1616.

For even though The Tempest was one of Shakespeare's last plays, perhaps his very last, it was the first play in the Folio.


David B. Schajer

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