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The critical snobbery aimed at the Globe Theatre has not stopped it from creating some of the best productions of Shakespeare in the country

When the Globe opened on the South Bank of the Thames in 1997, it was feared that the place would become a Bard-u-like money-making visitor attraction. Yet today the Globe is part of the theatrical landscape in every sense. The building, resembling at a distance a thatched Polo mint, nestles up to the Tate Modern with which it competes for custom. It is about to launch its summer season of six plays, “The Edges of Rome,” with Coriolanus. Its Inigo Jones indoor theatre will open in three to four years, offering the possibility of winter seasons. The place is a…

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