When founders of the Globe Theatre of the Southwest first dared to dream of an authentic replica venue patterned after the famous Globe Theatre in London, 'Shakespeare's House' as it has been called, little did they realize that their project would become one of the most famous Shakesperean Theatre's in the Nation.
Today, the famous 'look alike' theatre is heralded as an architectural masterpiece and is home to the annual Southwest Shakespeare Festival each September.
The event kicks off this year with three dynamic production, Hamlet
by William Shakespeare, August 31 and September 2, 8, & 14 at 8:00 PM
September 16 at 2:30 PM; A Night in the Theatre, by Lawrence Casler, August 30 and September 1, 7, & 15 at 8:00 PM, September 9 at 2:30 PM; and Alice in Wonderland , Adapted by Charlotte Chorpenning from the book by Lewis Carroll, September 1, 2, 3, 8, & 15 at 2:30 PM.
The Globe of the Great Southwest is an authentic replica of the original Globe Theatre built in 1598 on the Thames River in London, England, for William Shakespeare's acting company. The theatre building was constructed over years as the funds became available. Full-time theatre activity began in the fall of 1968.
According to the theatre's Web site, the idea behind The Globe of the Great Southwest was germinated in one of the English Literature classes at Odessa High School over 45 years ago. A student brought to class a model of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and commented to his instructor, Mrs. Marjorie Morris, then teaching in high school, that it would be exciting to have an actual life-size replica of the Globe right here in Odessa. This casual remark caught the imagination of Mrs. Morris and fired her with a zeal which eventually made her dream a reality.
Octagonal in design, the theatre seats 418. Because of the unique shape and the building materials . . . primarily wood and plaster . . . the theatre boasts nearly perfect acoustics. The 1800 square foot stage is thrust into the audience to create an intimate actor-audience relationship as it was in Shakespeare's day when groundlings paid a penny to stand in a semi-circle at the actors' feet. This same closeness is felt even in the galleries, which were designed for royalty and the wealthy of Shakespeare's time. From these balconies the viewer has an unobstructed view of the entire stage at a 40 degree angle. The interior, with its rich British red carpeting and upholstered seats, and its warm London dock lanterns, makes each visit a memorable and aesthetic experience.
Don't mis this year's special festival and discover theatre as it was presented in Merry Old England.