Thursday, 20 February 2014

Visionary


FIRST POSTED FEB 2014

This February we’re looking at London Theatre on The Daily Constitutional.


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Is there a more provoking, a more moving, a more inspirational plaque anywhere in London than the one on the wall around Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre dedicated to Globe founder Sam Wannamaker?


























Firstly, we love the openly emotive tone of the thing. These blue discs have scant space to tell a story, so often we are left with prosaic CV expressions of a life: Statesman, Physicist, Explorer – all great things to be. But here we have nothing less than a visionary. One doesn’t see many openings in the want ads for visionaries.

Secondly – and here’s the one that sticks in some British craws – it took an American to give us the living monument to the man who gave us our language. For this relief, much thanks.

Moving? Read the dates: Sam Wannamaker died four years before his beloved Shakespeare’s Globe opened to the public.

Inspirational? Easily. Shakespeare’s Globe was, in terms of Wannamaker’s lifetime, decades in the making. The moral of the tale: if you’ve got a good idea, DON’T take no for an answer.

See the Globe on the Along the Thames Pub Walk.







POST UPDATED 22/4/16

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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