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Shakespeare's Globe

Interior from Upper Gallery 002

Photographer: CGI by Allies & Morrison
Uploaded on 26/11/2012

In the late 1960’s a book was taken from a shelf in Worcester College Oxford, and a series of drawings fell from it. These are the earliest set of design drawings for an English theatre in existence. Originally thought to be by Inigo Jones, they were later understood to be by his protégé John Webb. A large proportion of our understanding of Jacobean theatre design and construction stems from these drawings, and this is the first theatre in the world built as a response to them. It will be a Jacobean archetype, which Shakespeare or any of his contemporaries would have felt at home making theatre within.

Scheduled to stage its first performances to the public in January 2014, The Sam Wanamaker Theatre will allow Shakespeare’s Globe to present plays throughout the year, to expand the repertoire of work it presents, to investigate indoor theatre practice and to stage Jacobean plays in their intended atmosphere. It will seat 340 people with two tiers of galleried seating and a pit seating area. The theatre will be predominantly lit by candles. The finished edifice is designed with careful research into the materials, methods, and the decorative aesthetics of Jacobean buildings.


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