Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

William Shakespeare was one of the six shareholders in the original Globe Theatre built in 1598. The circular, open-air, wooden public theatre was the venue where many of Shakespeare's plays were first performed.

The theatre was burned down in 1613 after two cannon were fired during a performance of Henry VIII setting the thatched roof of the galleries ablaze.

Nearly 400 years later a contemporary replica of the original Globe Theatre has now been constructed on its original site in London.

Cut nails made by Glasgow Steel Nail Co have been used in the reconstruction, in particular on the pentice roof covering the stage. Because the nails can be seen, an authentic hand-made appearance - to represent nails of the period - was required.

The new Globe Theatre (72K)

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