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In Globe Catherine Arnold takes the listener on a tour of Shakespeare's London, looking at how they shaped each other.
In Globe Catherine Arnold takes the listener on a tour of Shakespeare's London, looking at how they shaped each other. Acting turned into a trade, and troupes of touring players perfected their craft. Shakespeare's own company, the Chamberlain's Men, opened the Globe Playhouse on Bankside in 1599, creating a new focal point for the city.
But the story of the theatre and the men who created it was just as dramatic as any of the tales told on its stage. James Burbage carried timbers across the Thames to build the theatre among the brothels and beer gardens on the south side of the river at huge personal cost. It flourished, then burnt down during a performance of Henry VIII, before being rebuilt then destroyed again during the short reign of Oliver Cromwell, and was finally reconstructed in modern times.
In the background, Shakespeare's London was constantly threatened by riots, rebellions, and the plague. But its bustle and movement were a continual inspiration to the world's greatest dramatist, inspiring both his stories and his characters.
Globe is a brilliant recreation of one of the most creative moments in British history.
Running time 9 hrs 22 min