Shakespeare's Globe

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One man' s dream of making theatrical history began in a backstreet in London's Bankside. The year was 1949, American actor, Sam Wanamaker spotted the neglected plaque marking the site of Shakespeare's original playhouse, The Globe. Wanamaker had a vision, the Globe rebuilt.


Nearly 50 years later the newly built Globe was offically opened. Barry Day sweeps us through Byzantine plots and counterplots in its reconstruction that might have appealed to Shakespeare himself - the idealists v. the nay sayers - locked in battle. We witness these extraordinary events through the eyes of the participants as they make theatrical history - a unique gathering of scholars, architects, officials, archaeologists, actors, directors, property developers and politicians.

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