0945 - 'Globe' trotting
Sign of the Globe
Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse on the south bank of the River Thames that was destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644. The modern reconstruction is an academic best guess, based on available evidence of the 1599 and 1614 buildings.
It was founded by the actor and director Sam Wanamaker and built about 230 metres from the site of the original theatre and opened to the public in 1997, with a production of Henry V.
The site also includes a shell reconstruction of the Blackfriars Theatre, another Elizabethan theatre, due to be completed and opened in November 2012.