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Shakespeare’s Globe

Fodor’s London, 32nd edition

SAM WANAMAKER devoted decades to raising funds to build an authentic replica of the Globe theatre on the south bank of London’s River Thames, on ground less than 200 metres from the site of the original. The American actor and director, who moved to England to pursue his vision, had to put up with much disdain from the locals: they thought a recreation of the Elizabethan-age venue where William Shakespeare premiered most of his plays between 1599 and 1613 (when it burned down) was both unneeded and gauche. Even when it was completed in 1997, detractors pooh-poohed it as being a Disneyland-like tourist trap. But 20 years on it is, as the 32nd edition of Fodor’s London says, considered “spectacular.”

In a town where the cheapest live-theatre tickets are £15 (and more usually, £40-50), Shakespeare’s Globe lets patrons experience the plays as many of the Bard’s 17th-century audiences would have, as groundlings (standing in front of the raised stage) for just £5. (The cost of an actual seat is more in line with what everyone else charges.)

The Globe is open to the elements (“bring a raincoat or you can buy a cheap Globe rain poncho, which doubles as a great souvenir,” says the guidebook), but a second, indoor theatre, the Sam Wanamaker, based on designs by the 17th-century architect Inigo Jones, offers its dramas in a slightly less dramatic setting.

There’s also a museum under the theatre full of information on Shakespeare’s life, his London and the original Globe. A 30-minute tour of the 1997 theatre is included with museum admission.

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