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Shakespeare’s Globe building new indoor theater

LONDON — Shakespeare’s Globe, the open-air London playhouse that helped win modern audiences over to all-weather outdoor theater, is embracing the great indoors.

The Globe on Tuesday unveiled details of a new indoor venue that will sit alongside the O-shaped Elizabethan-style theater on the banks of the River Thames.

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Built from 17th-century plans, it will allow audiences to remain warm and dry as they watch candlelit performances of plays by the Bard and his successors — and, its creators hope, cast those classic plays in a new light.

‘‘We’re hoping it will prove as great a revelation as this building has,’’ said Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, referring to the open-air theater that opened in 1997.

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The Sam Wanamaker Theatre — named for the late American actor-director who spent decades realizing his dream of rebuilding Shakespeare’s playhouse near its original site — is due to open in January 2014, and will allow the Globe to hold performances year-round for the first time.

Modeled on the long-vanished Blackfriars playhouse where Shakespeare’s company, the King’s Men, performed in winter, the timber-framed space will hold 350 people.

Associated Press

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