Shakespeare's Globe: Authenticity or Nostalgic Tourism?
I recently had the pleasure of seeing Much Ado About Nothing at "Shakespeare's Globe Theatre," a reconstruction of the 1599 "Globe" christened in 1997 close to the original site along the Thames in London. Although boasting "faithful reconstruction," it understandably sports such modern theatre conventions as a gift shop and box office.
However, I find it interesting that it was never "Shakespeare's" Globe in the first place, but was built under the management of Richard Burbage and operated by a company of theatre collaborators called the Lord Chamberlain's Men. "Shakespeare" seems to have become a label with which we refer to a certain aesthetic of Elizabethan-era theatre. This poses important historical and cultural questions, like "is authentic replication of the past really authentic, or a way of profiting off of historical nostalgia?" and "what do we mean by the 'work of Shakespeare'?"
Which brings me to my fetish: conspiracy theories... The Shakespeare Conspiracy Trailer