Globe by Catharine Arnold

Author: Catharine Arnold

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Britain's greatest dramatist. And the country's greatest city. The stories of Shakespeare and London are inextricably linked. And together they changed the world.

In Globe Catherine Arnold takes the reader on a tour of Shakespeare's London, looking at how they shaped each other. Acting turned into a trade, and troupes of touring players perfected their craft. Shakespeare's own company, the Chamberlain's Men, opened the Globe Playhouse on Bankside in 1599 creating a new focal point for the city.

But the story of the theatre and the men who created it was just as dramatic as any of the tales told on its stage. James Burbage carried timbers across the Thames to build the theatre among the brothels and beer gardens on the south side of the river at huge personal cost. It flourished, then burnt down during a performance of Henry VIII, before being re-built then destroyed again during the short reign of Oliver Cromwell, and was finally reconstructed in modern times.

In the background, Shakespeare's London was constantly threatened by riots, rebellions and the plague. But its bustle and movement were a continual inspiration to the world's greatest dramatist inspiring both his stories and his characters.

Globe is a brilliant re-creation of one of the most creative moments in British history.

Praise for Globe:

'Arnold is at her best in comparing the modern theatre with the gross conditions in which Shakespeare's contemporaries watched proceedings' - The Times

Catherine Arnold read English at the University of Cambridge and holds a further degree in psychology. She is the author of Necropolis London and its Dead, Lost Time, which won a Betty Trask award, and Changeling.