April QUIZ: Answer!

Published: 03/05/2024 By Allan Fuller

April's Quiz Question was: 
 
What is the only building in London legally allowed to have a thatched roof? 

Answer: Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe opened in 1997 as a replica of the original Globe that was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. 

The original theatre was built in 1599 at Southwark, close to the south bank of the Thames, by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. It was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and stayed open until the London theatre closures of 1642. As well as plays by Shakespeare, early works by Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker and John Fletcher were first performed here.

The reconstruction opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre which would have had a thatched roof as does its modern replica. Planning restrictions would not normally allow a thatched roof but after much discussion and extensive fire safety measures were incorporated permission was granted.

Sam Wanamaker, actor, and director long campaigned for a reconstruction of the original theatre thanks to his presevearanvce and dedication his dream became reality when the amazing replica opened in 1997. It is approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre which would have had a thatched roof as does its modern replica. Planning restrictions would not normally allow a thatched roof but after much discussion and extensive fire safety measures were incorporated permission was granted.
 
For an immersive Shakespeare experience, program of performances and to book a tour  check out www.shakespearesglobe.com.


Quiz winner 
Congratulations to Chris Hills, whose name was picked out of the hat to win April's Quiz - please email info@allanfuller.co.uk to arrange to collection/delivery of your bottle of champagne.