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The Wanamaker Theatre

Updated: May 1, 2019

London, as I have said before, is the greatest city in the world. There is never a shortage of things to do, as long as you are willing to go out and do them. Nestled under the Millennium Bridge, in the shadow of the Shard, is The Wanamaker Theatre, otherwise known as the Winter Globe.

The Wanamaker Theatre stage lit by candles.
The Wanamaker Theatre stage.

Sam Wanamaker

Sam Wanamaker was an American actor with a love of Shakespeare. He was instrumental in the 1997 rebuilding of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames in Southwark, London. Opened in 2014, the Wanamaker Playhouse, which adjoins the Globe was built using 17 Century plans for an indoor theatre.

Everything inside this small theatre is authentic 17c, including candles only stage lighting, no extra sound, an exposed, third-tiered orchestra pit, and very, very uncomfortable seats.

I was lucky enough to be invited this week by my neighbour to see Raleigh- Treason Trial. The play itself, a verbatim recreation of the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh, was fun, well acted and mercifully, for my back. short. But the real experience is being inside this building and enjoying the history and creativity of the past, so lovingly created for our future.

Enjoy a pre-theater dinner at the Swan, which is in the Globe Complex of buildings.

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