Shakespeare's Globe unveils candlelit Sam Wanamaker Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe unveils candlelit Sam Wanamaker Theatre

Updated On: Jul 22, 2019
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    Shakespeare’s Globe has unveiled its new indoor space, The Sam Wanamaker Theatre – named for the organisation’s founder, the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. Expected to stage its first public performances in January 2014, The Sam Wanamaker Theatre will allow Shakespeare’s Globe to:
    -    Present plays throughout the year
    -    Expand its repertoire of work
    -    Investigate indoor theatre practice
    -    Stage Jacobean plays in their intended atmosphere
    The new indoor theatre will seat 340 people across two tiers of galleried seating and a pit seating area. Predominantly lit by candlelight, the finished theatre is designed with careful research into the materials, methods, and the decorative aesthetics of Jacobean buildings.
    In the late 1960s the earliest set of designs for an English theatre were discovered at Worcester College, Oxford. The Sam Wanamaker Theatre will be the first theatre in the world built in accordance with these drawings – a Jacobean archetype, which Shakespeare or any of his contemporaries would have felt at home in.
    The full team assembled behind this unique performance and research space includes Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper, leading the Globe’s Architecture Research Group (ARG), and Professor Martin White, the world’s leading scholar in theatre lighting. The lead architects for the new theatre and foyer development are Allies and Morrison, who previously oversaw the redevelopment of the Southbank Centre. Working as Reconstruction Architect will be Jon Greenfield, who worked as Globe architect Theo Crosby’s assistant, and who, after Crosby’s death, completed the design for the Globe. Peter McCurdy, the celebrated Builder and Master Craftsman, built the Globe itself, as well as Acoustician Paul Gileron, and Virtus, the main contractor.
    In addition to the new theatre, an extensive redevelopment of the foyer is planned to better serve the more than one million people who visit Shakespeare’s Globe on an annual basis.
    Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole said: “The Sam Wanamaker Theatre will allow the Globe to continue its experimental vision of going back to the future. Just as with the Globe itself, these unique playing conditions offer an opportunity to refresh our understanding of Jacobean theatre, and to provoke new visions for the future of how theatre can be made”.


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