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Elizabethan Hall at Middle Temple to host Shakespeare’s Globe 'Read Not Dead'

Elizabethan Hall at Middle Temple, © Alex Harvey-Brown
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.

Picture: © Alex Harvey-Brown

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