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Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre
The new Globe Theatre © topfoto.co.uk

The Globe Theatre was the 20-sided open-air playhouse designed in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and where many of his greatest plays were first performed.

The first Globe was destroyed by fire in 1613, but by 1614 it had been rebuilt and reopened. After closing again in 1642, it was soon demolished.

A reconstruction of the original Globe was completed in 1997, and has become one of the most recognisable silhouettes on the South Bank skyline.