The Globe Neuss.
Photo: The Globe Neuss
Inspired by its big brother on the River Thames, the Globe Theatre on the racecourse in nearby Neuss offers the perfect setting for the plays of William Shakespeare. The twelve-sided building with black and white shutters at its windows stands under high poplars between betting-hall and enclosure.
It reminds us of the late medieval art of entertainment, in spite of an interior set in modern comforts. This extraordinary theatre was established in 1991 and hosts seats for 500 persons. But the seating is as unconventional as the building itself. The audience sits close to each other in a half circle on three different levels, the actors on the stage appear near enough to touch. An atmosphere is created as if the audience were asked to join in the play, something which in fact does happen from time to time. So no visitor of the Globe is ever totally safe from, of course, only pleasant surprises.
The Shakespeare Festival takes place annually in the early summer and celebrates the plays of Shakespeare with performing groups from many different parts of the world. An authentic feeling of theatre of those days is provided by the use of Shakespeare's original language with the Globe turning theatre into a real experience.