The great globe itself


Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre in London burnt down on 29 June 1613. A second Globe was built on the same site in 1614, but closed down in 1642. And of course, there is now a third one – Shakespeare’s Globe (above), which we saw during our visit to London last October.

It all reminds you Shakespeare’s lines in The Tempest, “the great globe itself … shall dissolve … and leave not a rack behind”. Though in fairness, he was referring to the world, not the theatre.

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