Recreating Shakespeare's Stage
Americans have a seemingly endless fascination with recreating the theaters of Shakespeare’s time—an approach that’s also been pursued in England, Germany, and Japan, among other nations. The idea is that these early stages can provide new insights into how Shakespeare meant his plays to be performed and experienced.
US colleges and universities have been building a variety of Elizabethan stages, often temporary, since 1895. A replica of Shakespeare’s Globe at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair led to a generation of Globe replicas at American world’s fairs and other expositions in the 1930s. Many other US institutions, including Folger Shakespeare Library and major Shakespeare festivals, built their own Elizabethan theaters. Still more are in the planning phase today.