The site is really about the performances of the GLOBE, but they also have a resource part that features the different plays with plot, cast, etc.. Aside from the education online section of the site, there isn’t a lot to get from it being in the Philippines.
I don’t know if i’m just so aesthetically biased, but i really like the look of this site!! It’s lean and it focuses on the subject, and it seems to retain the true essence of Shakespeare, which is the stage!It’s helpful also, and fun, and engaging. makes me want to look more because they present the pictures of performances so well.
The whole layout of the site, really adds to the appeal of it all. The site has ticket sales, play dates as well as a brief history of the Globe Theater. It appeals to a younger generation, encouraging them to get in to watching Shakespeare plays.
The site is straight to the point and one is made aware on what it has to offer. It also goes hand in hand with Shakespeare because he is an icon in theater and it is easy to associate him with this kind of establishment. A good website always helps and I believe that this one is capable of engaging a wide audience.
The first thing I saw when I opened the webpage was the promotion for the Globe’s bar and brasserie. Not very theater-related, much less Shakespeare related. The rest of the ads are better though, and the Globe theater looks just like I imagine it to, based on the descriptions given in the readings and in class. Interestingly, while the word Shakespeare is repeated every two sentences or so, the Globe apparently puts on productions other than Shakespearean plays. Case in point: their 2011 theatre season, entitled The Word is God.
The first thing I saw in the site was the theater they perform in–it actually looks like the diagrams I used to see in Shakespeare books! Pretty neat. It’s also interesting how they heavily promote their souvenir shop and dining establishments as well; just goes to show the marketing power and commodification of Shakespeare. Like the RSC, they’re not confined to performances as they have a mini-museum where they showcase the production of the plays during Elizabethan times. Man, I’ve really been stereotyping these theater companies. They’re really much more interesting than I thought. With regards to the site itself, the layout’s simple and bright, making me think that they’re trying to make it more attractive to the youth.
In my opinion this site is quite like a merge of the RSC offical site and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website. It is pretty and functional and caters to the many possible visitors that would come to the Globe either in person or in the web. This covers those off on a Shakespeare pilgrimage, those who want to learn more about Shakespeare and his time, about theater or those who just want to watch a Shakespeare play in “his” theater. It is very interesting to see how Shakespeare operates on so many levels and caters to different people with varying degrees of exposure to Shakespeare. It makes me question what draws the line between creating more value (cultural value, as Kate Rumbold said) and those looking to create credible “culture” value (by owning Shakespeare merch for example).
Like the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website, I think it will help in my multimedia essay so I like it 🙂 (harhar!)
– Meggie Ong
http://www.globe-theatre.org.uk/–this is the site of the globe theater that I am talking about since there are numerous links when I typed Globe Theater in google 🙂
I liked this site because it was very straight to the point. It focuses on the theater itself and how Shakespeare’s works all began in this place. I also like this site because it is very informative and it emphasizes on the significance of the theater.
The first thing that struck me the most upon entering the site was the picture of the Globe. It was modern yet still had the old feel to it. I liked it. Not to mention, the site itself was colorful and had a minimalistic look. But enough about the layout, it contained, just like the RSC, details and information about different plays currently being staged, those yet to be staged, ticket sales and all the other typical information you would find in a theater company. Tours, workshops and the like are also announced and it is great to see a company willing to reach out to Shakespeare enthusiasts.
I never expected they have structures of theaters that actually give so much importance of Shakespeare’s plays and works. I really think we as a class should go and visit their exhibits! It would also be nice to be able to actually go to the GLOBE shop and be able to see what they’ve got. Surely, they are selling many stuff that can’t be found here. Nice collection.
Upon entering the site, I was amazed by the photo of the stage where the plays where performed- it being Elizabethan-inspired. With the ever-evolving and modernizing world we live in, it is so wonderful to see people really keeping alive the original “Shakespeare Experience.” This site helps disseminates to the world the fact that if you want to see a Shakespearean play as performed during Shakespeare’s days, you can just watch the performances by the Shakespeare GLOBE. However, it would also cost you much. Haha
It’s interesting that it claims to be “a faithful reconstruction” while to my mind it says ‘renovation.’ Well I don’t disagree with the claim entirely and I don’t wish to do so because the shots are indeed astonishing and realistic. When you visit the site, it’s as if you wanted to go there. It is enticing enough, at least to me, not to be contented with the pictures but to actually be there and watch the plays firsthand. Especially when you see the shot at the “On Stage” page, you could just imagine how close you can get to the actors.
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