Shakespeare in London
The top 10 theatre destination in the world for Shakespeare is London’s Globe Theatre on Bankside. The Bard’s Elizabethan playhouse has been meticulously reconstructed, from the circular oak frame and thatched roof to the galleried open-air seating and rain-or-shine programme. For maximum comfort, hire a blanket and cushion.
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Broadway shows in New York
Broadway’s glittering theatres don’t come much finer than the Shubert, erected in opulent Venetian-Renaissance style in 1913. A Chorus Line ran here for a record-breaking 15 years, followed more recently by Chicago and Spamalot.
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Dublin’s national theatre
Established by poet W B Yeats in 1903, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre highlights the work of Irish playwrights and actors. To celebrate its continuing success, the theatre will move into a new playhouse on George’s Dock in 2012.
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Japanese kabuki in Tokyo
Since 1889, the Kabuki-Za Theaer in Ginza has been the home of kabuki, the highly stylised classical art form combining dance, drama, music and traditionally costumed actors. An extensive rebuilding programme is in progress, and shows are staged at the nearby Shinbashi Enbujo theatre.
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George Bernard Shaw in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Canada’s Niagara-on-the-Lake shines the spotlight on repertory theatre during the Shaw Festival, held annually from April to November. Classics by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, including Noël Coward and Oscar Wilde, are staged at theatres around town.
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Theatre without language in Prague
The Black Theatre of Prague’s tricks of the light create theatrical magic in the intimate setting of Palais Savarin near Wenceslas Square. Against a black-curtained stage, UV lighting, fluorescent color, projections, mime and music combine to break language barriers and theatrical boundaries.
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Theatrical glamour in Sydney
With its crystal chandeliers and Art Deco-meets-Gothic gilt details, Sydney’s elaborate State Theatre is known as “the Palace of Dreams”. The glittering 1920s theatre stages major events, from Broadway musicals to Russian ballet and touring international stars of country and rock.
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