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In the heart of the Villa Borghese park, hidden among the trees and surrounded by a lavish vegetation, you may find one of the most unexpected sights, for sure: the Globe theatre. Yes, that Globe: a full-scale reproduction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, copied from the original designs, and almost identical to the one that now stands on London’s South Bank. Rome’s version of the Globe was built over the course of three months and inaugurated in 2003 to celebrate the centenary of Villa Borghese. The theatre is designed in a circular shape with a stage that juts out into the middle of the audience, and an open roof (that’s why the theatre is open in the summer and early autumn seasons). It’s built of oak and has a capacity of 1250, including the standing space in front of the stage, which are, of course the cheapest places.The entire project was…
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The Villa Borghese is one of my favourite places on earth – held in a romanticised memory of a Roman holiday aeons ago – and e-Tinkerbell is one of my favourite blogs. While appreciating the courteous nod from Italian culture, my own jaw is still dropping in wonderment that the home of glorious Palladian theatrical architecture would want to commemorate the inferior (I think) wooden O of the English Renaissance. The plays were good, but the venues stank. I know the risks of publicly confessing I’m not a fan of London’s reconstructed Globe, either….
I’m not a fan either but given a choice, I’d go to the one at the Villa Borghese. I agree wholeheartedly about e-Tinkberbell’s blog!
You really make me blush ladies. Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation. Hugs. Stefy. 🙂