The Globe Theatre dates back to the 1500s. One of the most celebrated English writers in history, William Shakespeare moved to Southwark in 1599 having become a shareholder in the theatre in 1598. He staged many plays here. In 1613 during a production of his Henry VIII, some wadding from a stage cannon caught fire, and the wooden roof of the theatre caught fire. The whole theatre was burnt down. Whilst it is possible Shakespeare continued to put on more shows after the fire, in 1642 all theatres and places of entertainment were closed and the Globe was demolished in 1644.The project to rebuild the Globe began when Sam Wanamaker (1919-93) arrived in London. A project which took him many years. In 1970 he founded what became the Shakespeare’s Globe Trust. It was planned and reconstructed with the help of Theo Crosby (1925-94), and officially opened in 1997. Today it regularly stages plays and it is possible to tour the theatre during the daytime.Plaques mark the sites of the original Rose (1587-c.1605) and Globe (1598/9-1613) theatres. The Globe Theatre forms the heart of an extensive exhibition about Shakespeare and the theatre of his day. The Centre is an international focal point for the study of Shakespeare in performance. In the Summer there are many productions of Shakespeare plays.
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