Monday, April 25, 2016

Shakespeare's Buildings, Lost, Found, Recreated

Monday, April 25, 2016
William Shakespeare-Chandos Portrait
Loretta reports:

Shakespeare’s birthday is 26 April, but since this is my day to post, we celebrate a day early.

I hastily put down a date, which turned out to be wrong, so let's just celebrate Shakespeare's being born in April around this time, we think.

I had a chance to experience a Shakespeare play in something close to what it might have been like when he was alive. A few years ago, we were in England, and had, for once, made reservations sufficiently far in advance to see one of the Bard’s works at the recreated Globe Theatre.

Though it represents an educated guess at what the original Globe was like, it seemed an authentic enough experience to me. At one point in the performance of Much Ado About Nothing, it started raining. Those standing under the open roof pulled up their rain hoods or umbrellas or simply got rained on.

It was an altogether different experience from watching a performance in a closed theater, or even at an outdoor theater. For one thing, the playhouse is small, and the audience is practically mingling with the players. All in all, it was a fabulous experience, and I hope to return next year.
The Globe
That was one reason I became so intrigued when an email message invited me to look at this beautiful series of Shakespeare-related photographs—including some fine shots of the recreated Globe Theatre—and I learned about the discovery, by members of the Museum of London Archaeology,  of the Curtain Theatre, where it’s believed some of Shakespeare’s plays made their debuts.

The Curtain is going to be a centerpiece, interestingly enough, of a luxury development. You can find out more here and here.

There’s more about the Curtain Theatre at the MOLA site, and you can learn more about MOLA on their blog.

Images: Shakespeare, Chandos portrait, National Portrait Gallery via Wikipedia.
The Globe Theatre courtesy Shakespeare's Buildings

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Hilary Hadley Wright said...

So glad you enjoyed your visit to the Globe. If you fancy more Bard, the RSC produced a show to mark the anniversary called Shakespeare Live! which the BBC transmitted on Saturday night. You can find clips on youtube. My favorite was this skit:

Jane in Portugal said...

Shakespeare was baptised, not born, on the 26th April. The date of his actual birth is not known, but it seems likely that it would be a few days previous to the 26th, and in England we celebrate his birthday on the 23rd April, which is also the date of his death, and also the day dedicated to St. George, the patron saint of England - keeping everything nice and tidy!

LorettaChase said...

Thank you, Jane. I should have double-checked my sources, but it was one of those days/nights. Correction has been inserted.

LorettaChase said...

Hilary, thanks for the link. I loved the skit!

Karen Anne said...

There used to be a Shakespeare festival in Stratford, Connecticut, which my high school had bus trips to fifty-odd years ago. It is a shame it closed down.

keti said...

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Meg said...

The American Shakespeare Center has a recreation of the Blackfriars, Shakespeare's indoor theater. I grew up nearby and have gone to dozens of programs there. They use original staging techniques (interacting with the audience, the lights being on, etc.). If you're near Staunton, VA (in the Shenandoah Valley) I highly recommend a visit.

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