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Interesting information about the Globe Theatre Reconstruction during the life and times of William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre of Elizabethan London, England

Globe Theatre Reconstruction
The Globe Theatre Reconstruction was a massive and difficult project. It was vitally important to build the replica as an authentic reconstruction of the Globe Theatre of William Shakespeare. The black and white timbers of the architecture immediately conveys everyone's perception of the architecture of Tudor & Elizabethan England. The new Globe Theatre creates an imposing picture which can be seen on land or from the River Thames. The thatched roof of the new Globe Theatre was made in traditional style with Norfolk reeds although it was coated with a special fire-protective liquid. The new Globe Theatre is the first thatched roof building that has been allowed in London since the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Sources of information for the New Globe Theatre Reconstruction
Not one inside picture of the old Globe Theater is in existence, however, a picture of the Swan Theatre has survived. In 1596 a Dutch traveller called Johannes de Witt attended a play at the Swan Theatre in London. De Witt made a sketch of the interior of the Swan. A friend of Johannes de Witt called Arend van Buchell copied the sketch and de Witt added this drawing to his diary. His diary is probably the single most important source of information regarding the internal layout of London theatres and has no doubt helped with the Globe Theatre reconstruction. Other important sources of information are the illustrated map views of the period which pictures London when the original Globe Theatre was still in existence. The picture of the map by Claes Van Visscher clearly shows the architecture and location of the old Globe Theatre. Other significant map views are the Hollar, the Agas and the Norden. Existing buildings from the period of the old Globe theatres including t
he 2 storey octagonal market at Wymondham in Norfolk, England and the Queen's House in the Tower of London were also closely studied. Scholars and architects looked at the information available regarding the building and the structure of the old Globe theatre and plans to build a replica, a reconstruction, of the old Globe theatre were drawn.

The New Globe Theatre Reconstruction
The Structure and Dimensions of the New Globe Theatre are as follows:
 

New Globe Theatre DesignStructure - Open arena in the style of an amphitheatre
Location of the New TheaterIn Southwark, beside the River Thames, opposite St. Paul's Cathedral. Approximately 200 yards from the site of the original Globe theatres
Size of SiteSouthwark council provided a 1.2 acre site for the project 
Other buildings on siteA museum, restaurant, 300 seat lecture theatre and a Gift Shop
Size of New Theatre99 feet in diameter
Shape of New Theater20 sided circular-shaped building
BuildersMcCurdy and Co., Berkshire, England
New Globe Building materialsTraditional building materials were used for the structure such as timber, nails, stone (flint), plaster and thatched roof. Compromises made to comply with modern building codes and regulations
Structure - The Thatched roofDesign - The thatched roof in the structure is made in traditional style with Norfolk reeds but coated with a special fire-protective liquid. It is the first thatched roof building that has been allowed in London since the Great Fire in 1666
Structure - Outer skin of the New TheatreThe outer skin of the structure is made of plaster made of sand, lime and goat hair (goat hair acts as a binding agent)
TimberAll timbers are made of oak
Excavation works for the New TheaterExcavation of the site began in 1987 The "diaphragm" wall, on the side of the theatre closest to the Thames, was constructed to keep the water out.
Foundations of the New TheatreFoundations are 6 metres deep
Building duration of the theatre itself6 Years
Overall design and structure of the New TheatreThe open air arena, is called the ' pit ' or the ' yard ', has a raised stage at one end and is surrounded by three tiers of roofed galleries with balconies overlooking the back of the stage. The stage projects halfway into the ' pit '
Audience CapacityDesign and Structure - The New Theatre can house up to 1600 people. 700 standing ' groundlings ' in the ' yard ' or the ' pit ' and 900 seated in the galleries
Structure - The Entrance to the theaterDesign - Two External staircases in the structure to access the upper galleries. Four main entrances for the ' Yard ' and the Lower Gallery
Structure - Access to the Balconies & GalleriesDesign - Two sets of external stairs in the structure , either side if the theatre 

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