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        The Globe Theatre

        This media collection from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the origins, unique characteristics and challenges presented by the 17th century Globe Theatre. Students will take a glimpse into the world of Elizabethan theater by watching actors perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, a modern-day replica of the Globe Theatre located one hundred feet from the original. The videos will show how the Globe Theatre, with its rounded structure and open-air space, was perfectly made for Shakespeare’s style of storytelling and highly spirited Elizabethan audiences.

        The History Behind the Globe | Shakespeare Uncovered

        In this video from Shakespeare Uncovered, host Jeremy Irons introduces the audience to the origins of the Globe Theatre. In 1599 William Shakespeare's company of actors was performing in a building called the Theatre, but the landlord wouldn't renew the lease. Unfazed, the company simply dismantled the structure, transported it to the banks of the Thames River, and reassembled it as the Globe Theatre.

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        The Globe is the Stage for Shakespeare

        In this video from <em>Shakespeare Uncovered</em>, Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe describes the carnival atmosphere of the Globe Theatre and how the theater lends itself equally well to comedy and epic drama. He describes the Globe audience playing an important role as the actors incorporated audience responses into the overall performance. Shakespeare wrote specifically for the Globe Theatre and the lively and boisterous Elizabethan audiences of his day.

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        A Staging Challenge for the Old Globe

        <em>The Tempest</em>, a magical play set on a remote island, presented a great staging challenge for Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre. The open-air Globe provided no way to deal with flying spirits, nor was there the ability to create an atmosphere of total darkness. Trevor Nunn, show host of <em>Shakespeare Uncovered</em>, explores Shakespeare’s dilemma and finds the solution in a modern-day production in Stanton, Virginia.

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        The Globe and Its Audience | Shakespeare Uncovered

        In this video from Shakespeare Uncovered, host Joely Richardson wanders the empty stage of Shakespeare's Globe, a modern-day replica of the Globe Theatre, and talks about the synergies between audiences and performers.

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        Funder: Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project’s lead foundation sponsor, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.
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