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The New Globe Theatre was inaugurated in London in 1997, nearly 350 years after the original Globe Theatre of William Shakespeare was destroyed by the Puritans. It took the drive and vision of an American actor and director, Sam Wanamaker to initiate the campaign to reconstruct a new Globe Theatre on the site of the original.

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The story started in 1949 when Sam Wanamaker visited the site of the original Globe Theatre in London. He was horrified to find that this great theatre was only remembered by an insignificant plaque on the wall of a brewery which stood on the site of the famous Elizabethan theatre. Sam made his home in England, revelling in many Shakespearean roles. His idea to reconstruct a New Globe Theatre took years to bring to life. Although people liked the idea there was a problem in obtaining the necessary finance to complete such a project. The New Globe History made a major leap when in 1969 Sam Wanamaker started actively campaigning to reconstruct a replica of the original Globe theatre as used by William Shakespeare. Sadly Sam died in 1993 so he died not see the inaugeration of the New Globe Theatre. The events that lead to the inaugeration are detailed in a timeline of the New Globe Theatre History

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1949Sam Wanamaker visits the site and the remains of the old Globe Theatre. All he finds is a plaque on the wall of a brewery commemorating the famous old theatre
1969Sam Wanamaker starts campaigning to build a New Globe theatre replica
1970Sam Wanamaker establishes the "Globe Playhouse Trust" an educational charity, in order to raise funds for the building of a replica theatre. HRH Prince Philip agrees to become Patron of the   Shakespeare Globe Trust 
1970Southwark council provides a 1.2 acre site for the project beside the River Thames, opposite St. Paul's Cathedral. The New Globe Theatre will be situated approximately 200 yards from the site of the original Globe theatre
1970The key architect Theo Crosby, and his firm, Pentagram are appointed to design the replica of the Globe thaetre
1972The Bear Gardens Museum opens with permanent exhibition of 16th and 17th century theatre history. The Bear Gardens was originally the site of a bear baiting arena which was replaced by the Fortune Theatre built by Edward Alleyn
1982Professor John Orrell provides new evidence on the shape and dimensions of the Globe by the analysis of a 1647 map of London by Wenceslas Hollar
1985The "Friends of Shakespeare's Globe" is founded
1987Excavation of the site begins. The "diaphragm" wall, on the side of the theatre closest to the Thames, is constructed to keep the water out.
1988The New Globe Theatre project runs short of money. There are doubts whether it will be possible to raise the enormous amount of money required for the replica 
1989The Globe's original foundations were discovered on Bankside, about two hundred metres from the reconstruction site. 95% of the site of the original Globe is covered by a nineteenth century listed building at 1-15 Anchor Terrace, Southwark Bridge Road
1989 Theo Crosby presents an idea called, "direct building." The idea was to build the project phase by phase as money came in.
1989The Globe Playhouse Trust funds produced ideas to raise money through donations including paving stones engraved with a donator's name, laid on the piazza amongst those sponsored by celebrities such as Sir Laurence Olivier & Sir Anthony Hopkins
1991Construction work begins on the foundations of the theatre complex and on the Piazza
1993Construction work begins on the theatre itself
1993The first performance at the new theatre is made by the Bremer Shakespeare Company after the temporary stage is dedicated by Sir John Gielgud.
199318th Dec Sam Wanamaker CBE, dies
199412th September Theo Crosby dies
1994The theatre opened its doors for visitors in August and between 1994 and 1996, over 300,000 visitors come to see the theatre under construction
1995First International Conference in April the subject is 'Within this Wooden 'O'
199516th October. The National Lottery donates 12.4 million pounds to the Globe Trust to fund the completion of Globe
1996Mark Rylance is appointed artistic director of the New Globe Theatre in January
1996August 21, the New Shakespeare's Globe is reopened with a short, unofficial season  performing The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
1996September 10-11 - Second International Conference - "Shakespeare and Tudor Theatrical Traditions" 
1996The Globe was awarded the European Tourism Initiative Golden Star Award in December by the European Federation of Associations of Tourism Journalists
199719th - 20th April A team of blacksmiths forge the finishing touches to the ornamental gates facing on to the River Thames
199727th May - The first performance of the Preview Season starts. The Opening Season includes Shakespeare's Henry V and The Winter's Tale
1997April - May: The stage, Frons Scenae and Heavens are built. The roof is thatched and painted
19977th June - The Festival of Firsts begins; marking the official opening of the new Globe Theatre
1997June 12 - Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by HRH Prince Philip, inaugurates the New Globe Theatre in London
1998June to September the second season, featuring Shakespeare's As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice
1999Winter-Spring - Work begins on the exhibition in the undercroft and on the Millennium footbridge which now links Bankside to Saint Paul's Cathedral and the City 
2003May 7th - Zoe Wannamaker receives a Southwark Blue Plaque award on behalf of her father
2003 13th June - The Blue Plaque was unveiled outside the New Globe Theatre


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