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New Jacobean playhouse opens in London

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:23

Jan. 16 - A new multi-million pound playhouse based upon original Jacobean designs has opened in London next to the Globe. Francis Maguire reports.

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A brand new playhouse has opened in London. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is creating another historical theatrical experience next door to Shakespeare's Globe. And every aspect of it is designed to match what a 17th century Jacobean Playhouse would have looked like. SOUNDBITE Artistic Director at the Globe Theatre, Dominic Dromgoole, saying (English): "It's unrecognisable from any other theatre in the world. It's the only replica this authentic of a theatre of its own day. It's built with incredible care and detail to be as fully achieved as a Jacobean Theatre as possible." The small indoor venue is lit up by candles, which the actors often carry themselves. The effect is very intimate and unique. SOUNDBITE Reconstruction Architect of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Jon Greenfield, saying (English): "You don't feel as though you're necessarily going to see a spectacle. You feel as though you're part of it. This is like a big room really. It's like your living room almost. It's as if the actors have come to you and that you're really very much part of what they're doing because it's just so intimate and so close." It cost seven and a half million pounds to build the Playhouse and took years of research into Jacobean theatre designs. The first play to be shown at the new venue is Jacobean classic "The Duchess of Malfi". It stars former Bond girl, Gemma Arterton, who returns to the theatre after a long spell in film.

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New Jacobean playhouse opens in London

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:23