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The Globe Theatre in London is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse first built in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and for which he wrote many of his greatest plays. Each year the theatre season runs from April to October with productions of the work by Shakespeare and modern authors, and plays to an audience of 350,000 who experience the ‘wooden O’ sitting in a gallery or standing as a groundling in the yard, just as they would have done more than 400 years ago.