The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1887  Monday, 29 September 2003

From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 28 Sep 2003 09:32:27 +0000
Subject:        Penetrating Studies

The discovery of a document of mass information and the subsequent
diligent work undertaken by Professor Wells and the young Edmondson in
the labyrinth of the Birthplace Trust (TLS article/ SHAKSPER 14.1866) is
splendid news.  They deserve our thanks. (That Sir Henry Lee retired as
Queen's Champion "because of advanced years" - he was my age - may be
swiftly overlooked!) The hope for an annotated edition of Scott's work
is to be echoed.

Of some significant interest is an accompanying article by John Gleason
about the structure of the Rose and the Globe. Excavations and
non-invasive ground penetrating radar studies of these and the Theatre
indicate the possibility of that the Globe diameter was significantly
smaller (7/10ths) of that eventually decided upon (100 feet) for the
modern Globe. It is speculated that this may account for acoustic and
sight-line problems reportedly experienced by some. Work continues and
encouragement for further investigation will hopefully receive every

(Is there a settled and agreed name for the modern Globe? Occasional
confusion arises in the terminology applied to the three. "Globe Modern"
perhaps. )

Best wishes,
Graham Hall

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