We were investigating the case of the Consulting Detective in last week's Sunday Snap with a statue of Sherlock Holmes. I asked where his fictional address was and the answer is
221B Baker Street
Cracking the mystery last week with the right answer were Cheryl, Erica, Kara, Susan, Emma, Cass and Sonia.
We're getting theatrical with this week's Sunday Snap. This theatre is a full-sized working reconstruction of one that stood near this site in the 17th century. When the original theatre opened in 1599 it played host to the theatre company known as the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Two of the shareholders in this company were William Shakespeare and Richard Burbage.
The original theatre burnt down on 29th June 1613 during a performance of William Shakespeare's play Henry VIII. A cannon was set off as part of the play but sparks from it ignited and set fire to the timber frame and thatched roof. It was rebuilt the following year but was forced to close in 1642 by the Puritans who deemed such places morally unacceptable. Within two years the theatre had been demolished completely.
When the American actor Sam Wanamaker first visited London in 1949 he was surprised to find the only reference to the orginal theatre was a plaque by its site. He continued to persue his love of Shakespeare for many years through acting and also founding his own Shakespearean theatre companies. In 1970 he decided to set up a trust with the intention to recreate this famous theatre. For years he fought legal objections and monetary problems before in 1992 work began on the new site. The current theatre is around 205m from the original location. It is the first thatched building that has been allowed in London since the Great Fire of London in 1666. Sadly in 1993 Sam Wanamaker died without seeing his dream fully realised but knowing it was well on its way. It finally opened in 1997 with a production of Shakespeare's Henry V – thought to be the first play performed at the original theatre in 1599. This week's question is
What is the name of this theatre?
We were joined last week by Cheryl and the Madhouse's collection of pet snails. Kara has been visiting the big cats and getting monochrome at the church. Susan has spent half term baking and chasing rainbows. For Kelly there was beauty and drama in a simple white rose. In New Zealand Betty has been chasing trains.
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