The Joy of Text

Posted by Piers Cawley on Sep 9, 2005

Shakespeare describes the Globe Theatre in one of Chorus’s speeches from Henry V, so it’s no great surprise that, when the newly rebuilt Globe opened its doors for the first time, Jane Lapotaire strode out between the two great columns and declaimed

O! For a Muse of Fire that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention.
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the setting scene