Globe theatre to stage Henry VIII 400 years after fire

Published on February 16th, 2010 | by Admin


The famous Globe theatre is set to stage it’s first production of Henry VIII since the original theatre burnt down during a performance of the play in 1613.

A cannon fired from the attic as a special effect on June 29 1613 was meant to hit the Thames, but struck the Globe’s thatched roof and destroyed the whole playhouse.

The theatre was rebuilt just one year later, but the Globe’s artistic director Dominic Dromgoole will be hoping for better luck when the new production opens in May.

Mr Dromgoole said: ”Normally I would think that Henry VIII would be box office poison but we seem to be living in a period of Tudor gold dust at the moment. There is something strange and magical about that time for us at the moment.”

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