Elizabethan Hall at Middle Temple to host Shakespeare's Globe 'Read not Dead'
City of London venue, Middle Temple, will host the next instalment of Shakespeare’s Globe Read Not Dead on Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 4.00pm. A revolutionary way to present a performance, Read Not Dead takes audience members on an exciting journey of discovery as they watch talented actors perform relatively unknown works with script in hand.
Sales and marketing manager Lorraine Butler said: “Our historical ties to playwrights are fitting for Read Not Dead and we are delighted to work with Globe Education to host the next reading. Middle Temple’s rich history includes hosting many social functions and cultural programmes; the first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night took place here in 1602.Virtually unchanged the venue is the perfect setting for such performances with its grand oak hammer beam roof, stained glass windows and carved woodwork resplendent for audience and actors alike.”
Created by Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe, Read Not Dead brings actors and audiences together to experience plays written between 1576 and 1642 by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Long rehearsal periods, detailed costume and set design are put aside, in favour of returning to the text. Actors and director work to get the play-in-a-day up on its feet before performing, script-in-hand, in-front of an audience only a few hours later. Middle Temple Hall will stage the next performance entitled: The Excellent Comedy of Two The Most Faithfullest Friends, Damon and Pithias by Richard Edwardes.
With its home at Shakespeare’s Globe’s new indoor venue, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Read Not Dead goes on the road each season to historic venues around the country, and has been taken to Wilderness, Latitude and Glastonbury festivals. Numerous actors have taken part since the series’ inauguration includingCarey Mulligan, Paul Bettany, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Isaacs and Ben Whishaw.
Tickets for Read Not Dead at Middle Temple cost £25.00 (general) and £20.00 (concession). Tickets can be purchased on telephone: 0207 401 9919 online: https://tickets.shakespearesglobe.com/eventlist.asp?shoid=533and in person Monday – Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm from Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. Late comers may not be admitted once the performance starts.
· Photo credit: Alex Harvey-Brown
- Middle Temple is located on Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9AT.
- Middle Temple is within easy reach of Charing Cross and Blackfriars stations and Temple tube station.
- Middle Temple should not be confused with Temple Church – which is very close by- as it has no religious bearing and can be used for a variety of events by the general public as well as members.
- Middle Temple is steeped in over 400 years of history and has welcomed Sir Francis Drake and Charles Dickens. The Hall is notable for many reasons a few being surviving Civil War, The Great Fire of London and two World Wars whilst preserving the finest example of an Elizabethan oak hammer beam roof.
- Middle Temple has its own in-house caterer and has a list of preferred suppliers including caterers, entertainment, florists and staff.