We were up early today for our Globe tour which, I found out, was kind of nice. Our tour was the first of the day so we were able to wander around the space, completely empty. The space, not us. It was so quiet in there. Just us. I wondered how it could ever be so raucous and fit so many people; 700 people stand for every show. 500 sit. Today it felt no bigger than a convenience store.
Our tour guide was a lot of fun, albeit a little bit scattered; she lost her keys in the Rose and could never find the light switch. But she certainly had energy in spades and filled her informative stops with bits of gossip and story about actors and life at the Globe today. I thought she was pretty entertaining. After the Globe she showed us the ruins of the Rose, which was fun to see in advance of Shakespeare in Love, which is set there. We're seeing it Saturday. We also looked at the original Globe site, now a parking lot, which is never very exciting. And I think that's the point. Time moves on!
Today was the birthday of Shawn Francis Saunders. Here is he:
We waited outside to say hello to Rebecca Benson, who plays the vampire. Her performance was beautiful and appropriately haunting. She was very gracious to the students, who swarmed her with praise.