Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Globe Theatre - London, England

The Globe Theatre - London, England
The Globe Theatre - London, England 

When Sam Wanamaker, an American actor and director, visited the site of the original globe he was disappointed that he couldn't find a more lasting memorial to Shakespeare's work. He formed what is now the Shakespeare Globe Trust in 1970 and construction on the Globe Theatre started in 1987 on the south bank of the Thames. The theatre is a dedicated to exploring Shakespeare's works and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performance and education.

More images and info after the jump.

Crowd building up at The Globe - London, England
Crowd building up at The Globe - London, England

No one really knows exactly what the Globe looked like but using printed panoramas, written accounts, building contracts and one sketch, the design for the theatre was completed. The raw materials used to construct the theatre were the same as the materials used in the original playhouse. The stage itself was the hardest  aspect of the building to design. No information on what the original stage looked like was available. It was designed based on evidence provided by existing buildings of the period and practical advise provided by actors.

Exterior of the Globe - London, England
Exterior of the Globe - London, England

While we were in London we went on a guided tour of the theatre and visited the Shakespeare museum, which is on the premises. We also watched "A comedy of errors" at the Globe. I wanted to get some night shots of St Paul's cathedral (which can be seen here) so I took the tripod and camera along with me for the play because the cathedral is just across the river from the Globe. The light wasn't very good inside and I had to bump up the ISO to 640. The 7D performs really well at high ISOs but I tend to only push up the ISO as a last resort.

The stage at the Globe - London, England
The stage at the Globe - London, England

All these shots were taken with a Canon 7D and a 24-105mm lens.

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