Where’s the coolest place you’ve seen a performance?
A trip to London isn’t complete with a visit to the famous Globe Theatre. However, contrary to popular belief, Shakespeare never actually performed in this theater. The original burned in a fire, and its replacement was closed down in 1642. This current Globe wasn’t built until 1997, just in time for my previous visit to London for a summer school trip in 1999.
As the trip was for theater students, we got a healthy dose of Shakespearean history (did you know he died on his birthday because he got so drunk he fell asleep outside and froze to death?). We went to Stratford, and we went to the Globe. I was so excited, I ensured I was the very first person of our group to go inside. I also insisted we amend our plans to actually see one of Shakespeare’s plays in the theater. The group agreed, and we saw Julius Caesar – proudly standing as peons, right next to the stage and in the London rain.
This time around, we passed on the tour (I had obviously already done it years ago, and Aaron was only lukewarm on the idea). We very seriously considered returning for one of the plays, but we ended up going to Greenwich instead (an excellent choice, IMO). But we obviously walked past to admire the historic symbol of the great Bard.
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