Month: December 2015

The Blackfriar and the re-imaging indoor Shakespearean theatre at the Globe

Lying just a stone’s throw from the shiny new Blackfriars station – a fabulous structure with platforms stretching right across the Thames – the Blackfriar pub looks out of place against all the modern development going on in this part of London. The exposed outside terrace out the […]


Bankside’s pioneering playhouses – the Globe’s great competitors

While the Globe theatre is the most famous of the Elizabethan playhouses on Bankside given its links to William Shakespeare, far less is known about it than about its neighbour, the Rose. The latter (opened in 1587) was one of two such venues already in operation in the […]


London’s theatre scene crosses the Thames – Shakespeare on Bankside

Britain’s weather can be miserable, even in the summer months. Planning any public event in the open air runs the risk of visitors getting extremely wet from a freakish downpour or freezing cold during an artic chill. So why on earth would anyone decide to open a new […]