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The rebuilding of the Globe theater (1599-1613) on London's Bankside, a few yards from the site of the playhouse in which many of Shakespeare's plays were first performed, must rank as one of the most imaginative enterprises of recent decades. The realization of the vision of Sam Wanamaker and his architect Theo Crosby, it has aroused intense interest among scholars and the general public worldwide. In anticipation of the official opening and the first performance season, visitors have been drawn in large numbers to the auditorium and exhibition. Shakespeare's Globe Rebuilt offers a fully-illustrated account of the research that has gone into the Globe reconstruction, drawing on the work of leading scholars, theater people and craftsmen to provide an authoritative view of the twenty years of research and the hundreds of practical decisions entailed. Documents of the period, both visual and written, have been explored anew; the techniques of timber-framed building have been relearned; the archaeology of the Globe and the neighboring Rose playhouse has been further evaluated; the decorative practices of Elizabethan craftsmen have been researched; and all this reconciled with the requirements of the actors and the practical and legal restrictions of modern architectural design. The result is a book that will fascinate scholarly readers and laymen alike.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Past and Present: 1. The once and future Globe Ronnie Mulryne and Margaret Shewring; 2. Shakespeare's Globe: a history of reconstruction and some reasons for trying Andrew Gurr; Part II. Varieties of Research: 3. Designing the globe John Orrell; 4. The archaeological evaluation of the Globe Playhouse Simon Blatherwick; 5. Design as reconstruction/reconstruction as design Jon Greenfield; 6. Timber framing, the two bays and after Jon Greenfield; 7. The interior decoration scheme of the Bankside Globe John Ronayne; 8. The iconography of the Bankside Globe; Part III. The Globe in Performance: 9. Staging at the Globe Andrew Gurr; 10. Playing the Globe: artistic policy and practice Mark Rylance; Part IV. Documents of the Elizabethan Playhouse: 11. Selected documents from the Elizabethan Playhouse edited by Ronnie Mulryne.