NEW YORK -- Shakespeare lovers are gearing up for another season of
the Bard's works as London's Globe Theatre and the Royal
Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon ready their summer
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is a replica of the original Globe,
which opened 400 years ago. Many of Shakespeare's plays were
performed there for the first time.
The 1989 discovery of the foundations of the original Globe
helped with the construction plans of the new theater, which was
built using the crafts, techniques and materials of Tudor
This year's season in the open-roofed theater (there are seats
in three covered galleries and standing room in the open air in
front of the stage) runs from May 13 to Sept. 24 and includes
performances of "The Comedy of Errors," as well as all-male
productions (just as they were in Shakespeare's day) of "Julius
Caesar" and "Antony and Cleopatra."
Shakespeare's early and later life can be traced in some of the
Elizabethan buildings still standing in his hometown of
Stratford-Upon-Avon, in central England. He was born in a house
there on Henley Street and is buried at nearby Holy Trinity
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) produces its summer festival
season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, on the banks of the River
Avon. The season opens March 17 and continues to Oct. 9. The
repertory season features productions of "A Midsummer Night's
Dream," "Othello," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Timon of
The London home of the RSC is the Barbican Theatre in the
financial district, and the current season, which ends May 6,
includes "The Merchant of Venice," "The Tempest," "Measure for
Measure" and "The Winter's Tale."
Among other buildings opened to visitors in Stratford-Upon-Avon
are Nash's House, a half-timbered home inherited by Shakespeare's
grand-daughter Elizabeth Hall from her first husband, Thomas Nash.
It contains a museum of the town's history.
From Nash's House, visitors can enter a garden planted on the
foundations of New Place, a late 15th century house bought by
Shakespeare in 1597 and to which he retired in 1611, five years
before he died.
Visitors can also see the thatched-roofed cottage home of
Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, in the village (now suburb) of
Shottery, a mile from the town center, and the farmhouse where his
mother was born, in the village of Wilmcote.
All of these places can be reached by hopping on and off a
sightseeing bus operated at regular intervals throughout the day by
a local travel company called Guide Friday. Guide Friday can be
reached at (011) 44-1789 294-466.
Tickets to RSC productions and to performances at the new Globe
Theatre can be booked through Globaltickets, (800) 223-6108; Keith
Prowse, (800) 669-8687, and Ticketmaster, (800) 775-2525.
Details of these and other Shakespeare productions can be found
in a monthly guide to London shows, exhibitions, events and
sightseeing called London Planner, available free from the British
The BTA also has a brochure for Shakespeare lovers called
Shakespeare Theatre in Britain. For free copies of either
publication, call the BTA at (800) 462-2748 or visit its Web site