Finally, rather belatedly, The Umbrella Organisation welcomes Shakespeare's Globe!
I LOVE the Globe! I have been a Friend of Shakespeare's Globe for many many years, ever since my first visit there. It opened to the public in 1997 so my first visit, I think, would have been sometime in the late 1990s. The Globe is a very special theatre.
The Globe is the nearest reconstruction to a theatre as it was in Shakespeare's day. The RSC claim to have that - that is simply not true! The theatre which is nearest to the theatre in Shakespeare's day, based on the best available and most painstaking research, is the Globe.
You can have the best seats in the House for £5. These are the standing tickets in the Yard. They are closest to the action, you can follow the action around the stage, and this section has by far and away the most interaction with the actors on the stage.
More than any other theatre I have ever been to, either in the UK or abroad, the Globe has the most interaction between the actors on stage and the audience. This is something it proactively cultivates and celebrates. As one of the actors at the Globe said yesterday at a Meet the Cast session I attended, the audience are PART of the show - you can see them, you can see their faces, this is different to any other London theatre. The interaction between the audience and the players makes the Globe special, it gives the place a real buzz and an energy that you simply do not get at other theatres.
The Globe attracts a very diverse audience. Young and old; Londoners and tourists; UK and international; all races, faiths and nationalities; theatre buffs and people who are just trying the theatre experience out for the first time. This gives the theatre an energy and a vibe that does not occur elsewhere.
Finally, it is an open air theatre (it has no roof) which means that there is a very special feeling as night falls during a performance. You go from perfect light, to near dark, where the lighting takes over. To have the sky and the stars there above you also makes it feel special and unique.
To summarise it in a nutshell, I think the atmosphere at the Globe is markedly different from any other London theatre, and this is down to its audience and the players, the way they intreact with the audience. If you have never been there I would recommend a trip there as soon as possible!
Shakespeare's Globe are here:
Unfortunately, due to my idiocy, I am promoting the Globe at a time when it is just about to close for the winter - its current Season (2011) finishes next week. However, you can look forward to the next Season now.
Whilst the next Season brochure is not yet out, what the Globe are going to be doing between late April and early June, as part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012, is innovative and ground-breaking.
Lifted from the Globe flyer:
Beginning on Shakespeare's birthday, 23 April 2012, the Globe will host a kaleidoscope of 37 international theatre companies, from some of the most respected to some of the newest, to present every one of Shakespeare's plays in a different language over six weeks.
Building on a long tradition of international Shakespeare productions in London, the project will celebrate the vast array of ethnic communities and languages that make up the city's vibrant multi-cultural landscape.
Tickets go on sale in October 2011.
To find out more follow the link:
If you cannot wait until the Spring, what is open all year round is the Globe exhibition and theatre tour which I highly highly highly recommend!
The Globe exhibition is the world's largest and most comprehensive exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked.
The Globe theatre is a faithful reconstruction of the open air playhouse first built in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and for which he wrote many of his greatest plays. Throughout the year, a tour of the theatre is included in a visit to the Globe Exhibition.
To find out more about the Exhibition and the tour follow the link:
Whilst you are at the Globe, I recommend a visit to the Shop, which is great for books, posters, postcards, and Shakespeare fun memorabilia, all at decent prices. The Shop is here:
Get on down to the Globe this week!
That is more than enough for now, but I am going to stay with the Globe as later this week I will be running a feature on their planned Indoor Jacobean Theatre.