The new Globe
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Now, 200 yards from its original site, after almost 400 years, the Globe Theatre has been opened to the public again: the rebuilt playhouse was officially inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen on Thursday 12 June 1997. Its Opening Season was from 29 May to 21 September 1997, and every summer it now offers performances of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
After the Globe was closed by the Puritans in 1642, its form became an enigma. There have been many attempts at reconstructing the Globe, but it took centuries before the New Globe was finished:
In 1970, Sam Wanamaker established the Shakespeare Globe Playhouse Trust. A site was chosen, but construction work only began in 1987.
In 1982, Professor John Orrell found new information on the shape and dimensions of the Globe.
In 1989, the Globe's original foundations were discovered on the Bankside, about two hundred yards from the reconstruction site, together with those of the Rose Theatre.
From 1989 to 1996, the theatre was rebuilt.
On 12 December 1996, Shakespeare's Globe was voted the best attraction in Europe .
Since it opened its doors in August 1994, hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world have come to visit the Exhibition and see the Globe, both under construction and since it was finished. The Exhibition tells the story of the Elizabethan theatre and the present reconstruction, and includes a tour of the Globe Theatre.