All the World’s a Stage
“Shakespeare’s Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599 and a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote.”
The centre of the theatre, and standing space in front of the stage, is open to the sky. The auditorium also has seats arranged across three levels around the side. These are covered with a thatched roof. This is the only thatched roof in London.
Whilst thatched roofs remain popular in English villages, they have been seen as dangerous in cities following the Great Fire of London. ‘The ordinance of 1212 (London’s first building regulation) banned the use of thatch to stop any further incidents of rapid fire spread from one building to another.
Tours of the Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre tours run every day, except 24 & 25 December. For the Globe Theatre performance season (mid-April to mid-October) the tours finish at midday to allow for the matinee performances.
Tours include the inside and outside of the building.
A visit to the Globe Exhibition
There is an accompanying exhibition with details about London’s history, displays of costume and props used for plays, and demonstrations of printing.
You can listen to recording of Shakespeare read by famous actors from the past and even have a go at recording a brief snippet yourself.
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Eyam by Matt Hartley
Matt Hartley’s new play Eyam, directed by Adele Thomas, opened in The Globe from Saturday 15 September to 13th October 2018.
It tells the story of what happened when the plague arrived in the Derbyshire village of Eyam in 1665. The community faced a moral dilemma. They had to decide whether to flee and risk spreading the deadly disease, or stay in the village and protect others from the risk, but face the potential of their own slow and painful death. Could they put neighbourhood feuds aside and pull together as a community?
The full cast includes: Annette Badland, Zora Bishop, Adrian Bower, Priyanga Burford, John Paul Connolly, Sam Crane, Becci Gemmell, Will Keen, Norah Lopez-Holden, Luke MacGregor, Jordan Metcalfe, Oliver Ryan, Sirine Saba, Howard Ward and Rose Wardlaw.
A true story
In 1665, the plague infiltrated a small Derbyshire village via a tailor’s cloth brought back from London. The citizens had to decide if they should flee and save themselves or quarantine the village to stop the Black Death spreading. The villagers decided to stay and three quarters of them died. The church in Eyam has a record of 273 individuals who were victims of the plague.
A real village
The idea of wanting to visit a plague village might seem a morbid one.
And, to be fair, we had not set out to visit it but stumbled upon the place during a drive through the peak district. Sign posted as an area of historical interest, Eyam is a beautiful little village in the English countryside.
It is now a tourist attraction with a charming little museum, delightful tea rooms and a treasure trail of plaques running through it. The plaques help you to trace the steps of the villagers back in the time of the notorious bubonic plague outbreak that devastated so many of the local families.
Eyam Hall is also located in the village. It is Jacobean-style manor house and is a grade II listed building. Formerly managed by The National Trust, Eyam Hall and Craft Centre are owned and managed by the Wright family. The Hall is open to the public on selected days and available for private functions such as weddings.
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We were lucky enough to see The Simon and Garfunkel Story at the Lyric Theatre in London.
The show includes film footage from the 1960s to accompany their story from childhood friends to international performers.
Catch the show at at the Lyric Theatre on Monday 25th June and Monday 23rd July 2018 or at The Orchard Theatre on Monday 17th September 2018.