One would think that a reconstruction of an Elizabethan theater on the Thames would support mostly kitschy productions for tour groups. That it is, in fact, a serious concern that attracts the finest classically trained performers, is thanks partly to its founding artistic director, the brilliant actor Mark Rylance, who set a tone for quality that is maintained today. The season at the open-air Globe is spring through fall, but in 2014, a 340-seat Jacobean indoor theater, the Sam Wanamaker (named in honor of the American actor who fought to reconstruct the Globe) opened, so now there’s something happening year-round. In the candle-lit Wanamaker, actors are so near that you could reach out and touch them.
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1
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Map21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 London
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