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Learn about Shakespeare’s secrets

Jennifer Clapp

While working on the recreation of Shakespeare's Globe, Sam Wanamaker and Theo Crosby worked off the motto "The key to the future lies in the past."

Opened in February 2000, the Globe Exhibition is just one of the amazing efforts of the Globe to educate the more than 700,000 people who visit the Exhibition each year. Opened in February 2002, it educates and entertains visitors with an interesting multi-media display of information.

The Exhibition begins with a guided history of the recreation of the Globe, begun by Sam Wanamaker, and includes a timeline of the current theatre from 1949 to this past Summer season. The displays continue with details about Shakespeare's Bankside, and includes not only information about the Globe, Rose, and Swan theatres, but also about other area landmarks, such as Southwark Cathedral.

Intermingled among the pictures, models, and writings are costumes from Globe productions, interactive touch-screen animations (one of which gives away the "secrets" to Shakespeare's plays – how players flew, how thunder was made, etc.), and short videos concerning the building of the Globe and the Globe's extensive education efforts.

The Exhibition also features areas where visitors can record themselves reading a part in one of Shakespeare's plays, and also hear famous actors such as John Gielgud read famous passages. If a matinee is not being performed, a tour of the Globe theatre is held every half hour.

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