London Day 1: The Globe Theatre

Globe - Thatched Roof

After being in the UK for an entire month, Katy and I finally got tired of waiting for the Queen to invite us down to London to take some tea with her.

We took matters into our own hands, and instead got to stay with a cousin of mine who lives near the city (a much warmer welcome, thank you very much). I had been a few times before, but it was Katy’s first time. Here’s what we saw on the first day:

Katy was an English major, and I am a recovering ex-thespian, so our first stop had to be at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (yes, theatre). Behold, the wooden O, exterior:

Globe Theatre Exterior

And the interior (such a cool performance space!):

Globe Theatre interior

A little history about the Globe:

After learning all about the theatre and marveling at what great shape it was in, we learned that this isn’t the original Globe. The original opened in 1599 and burned down in 1613 (#ThatchedRoof). So they build another one (#TileRoof)! That one was destroyed when basically all of London burned in 1666.

London endured a complete lack of any Globe theatres until an American actor named Sam Wanamaker raised the money to buy the land and build it again in 1997 (#ThatchedRoof #BadIdea). They built it to be as close to the original design as possible, and it really is an special performance space. The stage juts out entirely into the audience, and there’s no proscenium arch for the actors to hide behind; it feels like the audience is almost part of the stage. In a world of DVR and watching Netflix on an iPhone screen, seeing a play there must be an incredible experience for the audience and the actors!

The rest of Day 1 was spent on trains and on the Tube. More to come on Day 2 and Day 3 soon!