Shakespeare´s Globe

Trip Start Jan 2008
Trip End May 2008

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

With my Civilization of London class I was able to go on a tour of Shakespeare´s Globe. The Globe that exists now was built as close as they could to the original Globe which burnt down in the Great London Fire. They used any information they could get on the globe and blueprints from The Swan another theater which existed in the same time period to build it. The Globe is currently the only thatched roofed building in London for such roofs where outlawed after The Great Fire. The cheapest seats and thoughts meant for peasants where on the ground at the front of the stage, these people where called groundlings. Those with the most money would sit in seats facing the audience with the most restricted view so that they could be seen. When plays where performed in Shakespeare´s day it is believed that there was a great deal of audience participation, and the crowd would react to questions posed by the actors. Acting on The Globe stage is much different then doing acting anywhere else. The entire audience can be seen, and since the theater is open on top strange lighting and occurrences can happen. We were told of a story where the pigeon landed on the stage and the actors had to work around it. If it rains theater productions often continue on with the whole audience getting wet and distracted. I´m hoping to go with a friend to see King Lear at The Globe in the grounding´s seats it should be quite interesting and fun. I´m so excited for my parents to get here and to go to Paris!
Love to my friends and family <3     
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hi! wow the pictures of the Globe Thearture are lovely! i'm learning about William Shakespear at the moment because we're doing the tudors in school! in year 6 we are going to the globe thearture. it looks brilliant, was it? can't wait to go now! hope you enjoyed it! did you learn anything about William Shakespear's plays or about him?

love from sophie

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