and his fellow actors paid for their own playhouse to
be built out of the timbers of The Theatre. They called it
and there they staged the first productions of many of Shakespeare's
finest plays as well as works by other playwrights, such as Ben Jonson
and Fletcher, who took over from Shakespeare as the King's Men's
principal playwright when Will retired.
playhouse was the Globe's greatest rival.
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In 1997 close to the site of the
original playhouse, Queen Elizabeth officially opened the new
theatre known as
on London's Bankside overlooking the River Thames. It is a
faithful reproduction of the original and, was built due to decades of
work by the American actor Sam Wanamaker.
will be the sixteenth season at Shakespeare's Globe.
The season's entitled
"The Play's The Thing" and
comprises four new Shakespeare productions including two
by Mark Rylance's 'original practices' company. Rylance will reprise
his outstanding portrayal of Olivia in
and will also take on the lead role in