The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1442  Friday, 11 July 2003

From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 11 Jul 2003 10:41:06 +0000
Subject:        Bowling for the Globe

Hardy's remark about a 1993 SHAKSPER thread on the Globe and Sam
Wanamaker led me to read it.

Interestingly the current debate on Bankside involves the pros and cons
for building (another) block of (unaffordable) flats close to the site
of the present Globe. Ordinary mortals, it appears, don't get sufficient
remuneration to be able to afford the mortgages. Nor indeed the price of
a ticket in the central lower gallery. But that applies throughout the
UK.  However the area now - a decade on - looks immeasurably more lively
and prosperous compared to what it was. To paraphrase Max Boyce, "I
know, 'cos I used to be there". The Tate Modern and a number of other
variables make assessment difficult but it is hard not to conclude that
the construction of the Globe has brought a measure of prosperity and
life to someone. And the someone includes shopkeepers, street artists,
ice-cream sellers, publicans, taxi drivers, and waiters as well as
property developers and a variety of franchised coffee parlours that
bring a new dimension to the term "mugging".  Street sweepers were not
so much in evidence; possibly they are unable to get a look in due to
the thronged pavements and parked Porches on the South Bank. Beggars,
winos, social misfits, tattooed itinerants, parking wardens and actors
can still be seen there of course but they appear to be a better class
of person than they once were. Most of the buskers, for example,
comprise four-piece string quartets.

So, all in all, "play it Sam". And play it again.

Graham Hall

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