29 Jun '13, 12pm
A Bard’s close shave
The summer solstice had just passed and on a glorious sunny June day theatre goers keen for an afternoon’s entertainment crossed the River Thames to a theatre part-owned by one of London’s most popular playwrights of the day–William Shakespeare. Four hundred years ago this week on the 29th June 1613 during the first act of All This is True a fire destroyed the original Globe Theatre. C ompetition amongst the theatres on the Southbank was fierce and their owners would be always trying to produce new plays and dream up spectacular effects to produce them; dramatic battle scenes, trap-doors and rigging which allowed for flying entrances were all put in the mix. The Globe was built in just six months between 1597 and 1598 from materials salvaged from a theatre in Shoreditch of a similar design called imaginatively – The Theatre. Because of a long-standing dispute the owners di...