Indoor Jacobean TheatreJanuary 22, 2011
From Globe Website:
Shakespeare’s Globe is planning to build an indoor Jacobean theatre to complement our world-famous open-air stage. The shell of this theatre already exists to the left of the Globe’s main foyer entrance. Shakespeare wrote for both types of playhouse and it was always the intention of Sam Wanamaker to create an indoor Jacobean theatre alongside the outdoor theatre.
It is only now that we are ready to build this second theatre. It will follow authentic designs and craftsmanship of the period to create a theatre that Shakespeare would recognise. With two tiers of galleried seating and a pit seating area, the indoor theatre will inspire a uniquely intimate and intense theatre experience.
The Winter Season
The indoor theatre will provide a second stage, allowing theatre productions to play throughout the winter, widening the Globe’s repertoire and further extending the understanding of the nature of Jacobean theatre. The new theatre will host a number of visiting companies and could become one of the most important venues for the performance of early music in the capital.
Playing in a period-appropriate indoor space will add a new dimension to the tragedies of contemporary writers such as Middleton and Webster, and to the sharp city comedies that would have been so relevant to the Jacobean public. It is also an exciting prospect that we will have a space for staging works that have not been seen since their seventeenth century premieres.