The Original Globe Theatre Burns Down (29th June 1613)

    The Globe Theatre, built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, was a three-storey, open-air amphitheatre able to house up to 3,000 spectators. The theatre-goers included the ‘Groundlings’ (the common people who watched the play standing in the pit and paid only 1 penny – in the summer were nicknamed ‘Stinkards’ for obvious reasons),… Read More The Original Globe Theatre Burns Down (29th June 1613)

Jealousy

    “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on.” ― William Shakespeare, Othello (Act 3, Scene 3) Iago is warning Othello not to be a jealous man because jealousy (the green-eyed monster) will interfere with his mind (his imagination is what feeds it)… Read More Jealousy

Le serve

  Yesterday I went to the theatre (Piccolo Teatro Grassi – Milan) to watch “ Le serve” (“The Maids”) a play by Jean Genet, the renowned French dramatist. The maids are two sisters, Claire and Solange, who live an obsessive relationship of love and hatred with their beautiful mistress (Madame). Every night, when the lady… Read More Le serve