Had I kept a keen interest in art galleries, I would have visited visit Tate Modern. It's on the right when you’ll step down from the Millennium Bridge. I walked towards the left. First stop, Shakespeare's Globe Theater. I didn’t want to just see the museum, so I checked out their theater schedule and bought the cheapest ticket (yard-standing) for the next best show available. I was lucky to find Romeo and Juliet on my schedule. It worked out pretty well.
The next stop was the Globe Theatre, also known as Shakespeare’s Globe, built in the 16th century! Walking in, I looked up to see the blue skies peering down through the open wooden structure. The seats were simple benches facing a round stage in the middle of the theatre. The audience erupted in laughter and claps, as the actors took to the stage, improvising with minimal props and costumes, entertaining the crowd.We came out of there snapping pictures of us posing by the riverbank. Coming back to the hotel, I recharged my camera, and gathered up my belongings for our next adventure a little out of London. Stratford upon Avon is the home of renowned playwright, Shakespeare. One of the major tourist attractions is the home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife, and her family. It was a cute little cottage surrounded by beautiful lush, green gardens. There are about twelve modestly sized rooms, with very low ceilings. The tour guide told us this was because most people were quite short back then!
William Shakespeare is one of the most recognizable names across the globe, so it comes as no surprise that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a recreation of the playwright’s original London theatre, is one of the city’s most popular attractions. There is something so magical about standing beneath the stage of The Globe, and the fact that the theatre only dates back to 1997 doesn’t seem to matter. After meeting with the group, we were taken to the pit- the area directly below the stage that functioned as the cheap seats back in Shakespeare’s hey-day. (Although there were of course no seats, standing room only, which remains today.) This was my favorite part of the visit, as standing under such a famous stage really made the imagination run wild. The entire theatre was built without modern tools, using the same designs and materials that were used in the original buildings. There were two Globe Theatres before the current one actually. The first was built in 1599 but was destroyed by fire after an accident involving a cannon on the stage. (I’d hate to be the guy behind that one.) The second was built in 1614, but closed and destroyed by the Puritans- our guide called them ‘the boring people’. It wasn’t until an American actor by the name of Sam Wanamaker, brought his dream of re-creating The Globe Theatre to London in 1970, that the third theatre was built. He envisioned visitor’s coming to the Globe, and watching the same plays that Shakespeare put on, in the same ways. For that reason, microphones are still not used in the theatre- the incredible acoustics enable an audience to hear a pin drop, even when filled to capacity. These details are still very evident as you take in the stage, from the same type of trap-door that was used back in 1599, to the beautiful murals adorning the stage ceiling. There are lights installed for the night shows, but these do not light up the stage in any fashion- and only function to ensure that the actors and people of the audience can