London, England

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Anne Boleyn at the Globe

Last night, I went to Shakespeare's Globe Theater to see the play Anne Boleyn.  What a treat!  The play itself was interesting, funny, and and paced well.  I was amazed at how easily I could hear the actors and actresses without an speaker system.  The stage was a "T" shape and the players used every inch of it well. 

A few things that struck me as unexpected.  Keep in mind that my only prior experience has been with American theater.
1. The theater is a copy of the original Globe that burned down in the 1600s, therefore, the roof is largely uncovered.  This left me wondering what happens when it rains or is very, very cold.
2. The audience has two choices -- sit on wooden benches or stand.  Those on the benches can opt to rent a cushion.
3. The theater is 180 degrees.  We were sitting at approximately 175 degrees, so we had a side profile of the show.
4. There were a ton of concessions and you could bring them into the theater.  For sale between the acts were sandwiches, chips, ice cream, a variety of beverages -- alcoholic and not, and other snacks.
5. The Globe shop was not open after the show, only durning the intermission.

All in all, it was a relaxed atmosphere and a wonderful show.

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