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This Wooden "O": Shakespeare's Globe Reborn: Achieving an American's Dream

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    Barry Day(Author)

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(Limelight). The story of one man's dream fulfilled, This Wooden "O" tells of American actor Sam Wanamake's efforts to reconstruct Shakespeare's Globe Theater. "A tale of intrigue and bitter rivalry, it reads more like a political thriller than a slice of recent theatrical history." Time Out (London) "...an extraordinary document of human endeavor. When I got to the final pages I found there were tears running down my face." Rosemary Harris

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  • PDF | 356 pages
  • Barry Day(Author)
  • Limelight Editions; First Limelight edition edition (August 1, 2004)
  • English
  • 7
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By A customer on July 31, 1999

    "A lively,funny and very moving account of a remarkable theatrical dream" - Kenneth Branagh"An extraordinary document of human endeavour. When I got to the final pages I found there were tears running down my face." - Rosemary Harris"A breathtaking achievement...this massive history of the rebirth of Shakespeare's Globe (tells) a long and complex theatrical,political and architectural story across some very story years." - Sheridan Morley"Reads like a political thriller" - Time Out

  • By Gregory J. Obrzut on May 19, 2011

    I purchased a copy of this book at The Globe theatre's souvenir section several years ago. I read it on the flight back to America, wishing all the while that I had read the book prior to visiting this historic theatre. It tells the inspirational and often frustrating campaign led by American actor Sam Wannamaker to rebuild The Globe exactly as it stood some 400 years ago. A truly amazing story. The book reads like a novel with Wannamaker fighting against stubborn legal and cultural roadblocks until his dream reached fruition. This is a must read for anyone planning a visit to The Globe in the future - which I highly recommend, by the way. I ordered a second copy of this book for a young couple visiting London for the first time. They've just arrived today, May 19th. They promised to read the book before landing. They have tickets to "As You Like It" later this week. I can't wait for their feedback.

  • By glister on October 5, 2014

    Excellent and compelling story of the struggles over the building of the New Globe in London. Especially proud that an American was so instrumental in its "birth." The story reads with as much at stake and as dramatic a roller-coaster as many of the plays themselves. Also clear is the difficulty in building or establishing any new pubic arts complex on a financial or local political level. An interesting take (tho small compared to other areas of problems) was the fact that perhaps Londoners are so used to the terrific history of their area that they might not see the astonishing value of keeping it going.


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