Rebuilding Shakespeare's Globe

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9780878301560: Rebuilding Shakespeare's Globe

From dust jacket notes: "On 23 April 1988 work began on a momentous undertaking. The dream of generations of theatre enthusiasts is being realized: the Globe theatre, where Shakespeare himself acted and the stage for which he wrote his greatest plays, is being rebuilt. This book is the story of the search for Shakespeare's Globe. There are few surviving records of this unique theatre, and they themselves are contradictory. Was the theatre round or polygonal? Was the stage in sunlight or in shadow? Did some members of the audience sit on the stage itself? The discovery of the likely truth has all the elements of a detective story, taking us through Shakespeare's plays, his company's accounts and history, and contemporary drawings and prints of London. It encompasses the whole spectrum of Elizabethan life. Beautifully illustrated with four specially commissioned [2-page] full-color drawings by Paul Cox and over 50 black and white plates, Rebuilding Shakespeare's Globe tells the fascinating tale of the most important theatrical undertaking of our time. The exhibition complex, of which the rebuilt Globe will be the center, will show us Shakespeare's plays as he knew them. Many of our time-honored ideas about England's greatest writer may be radically changed. All who love Shakespeare, and the theatre, will be the richer."

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The original Globe theater, for which Shakespeare wrote most of his greatest plays, was burnt down in a fire in the 17th century. It is now being rebuilt on the original site in London and will be completed by 1992. For the first time, modern playgoers will be able to experience Shakespeare's plays under the same conditions as an Elizabethan audience. This fascinating book brings the original Globe to life: the audiences, how the plays were performed, the history of Shakespeare's company, and more. It also tells the story of how the long dream of rebuilding the Globe has finally come to fruition, giving a detailed description of the new theater complex, which will include exhibitions that re-create London's Elizabethan history. Includes 50 black-and-white and eight color illustrations.
- Bryan Aubrey, Fairfield, Ia.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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