The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0214 Tuesday, 1 February 2000.
Date: Monday, 31 Jan 2000 11:27:57 -0600
Subject: New Globe Ehhibit
According to the article below, the exhibit space at the Globe has
greatly expanded. Some of the hype in the article does not bring joy to
my heart, but I have found the past use of the exhibit space effective
and I hope the added space will make it more so,
I wonder how funding is going for the indoor theatre that can now be
built in the space where the old exhibit was?
Globe stages world's largest Shakespeare exhibit
By Paul Majendie
LONDON (Reuters) - London's Globe Theatre is to stage what is billed as
the world's largest exhibition dedicated to William Shakespeare,
The Globe, an exquisite copy of the playhouse where the bard's plays
were first staged, has spent 6.5 million pounds on the "museum-cum-theme
park" that has already won fulsome praise from critics.
Visitors to the new exhibition, expected to attract up to 400,000
visitors a year, will be able to compose their own sonnet with a quill,
watch displays of swordplay and even join in a production through
The Globe, the brainchild of the late U.S. actor-director Sam Wanamaker,
has proved a roaring success with theatregoers. The box office receipts
topped three million pounds last year with 89 percent capacity.
The exhibition is being opened on Thursday by Judi Dench, the classical
actress who officially launched Wanamaker's project 12 years ago and won
an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth I in the film "Shakespeare in
The Shakespeare exhibition is set in "The Underglobe", a cavernous space
beneath the riverside theatre close to the site where the bard's
immortal words first rang out 400 years ago.
The Sunday Times hailed the exhibition as "a bold new celebration of
Shakespeare-halfway between a museum and a theme park-where multimedia
wizardry meets oaken craftsmanship in a marriage of unusual elegance".
The entrance to the exhibition is dominated by the glittering costume
worn by actress Jane Lapotaire when she played Queen Elizabeth I and met
the present monarch at the Globe's opening ceremony.
Shakespeare's will is on display at the exhibition where stage-struck
tourists can put their own voices into a pre-recorded scene from a Globe
The Globe's artistic director Mark Rylance has consistently caught the
headlines with his Shakespeare play choices.