Swan Theatre

Southwark, London, 1596


The Globe Theatre that stands today is a reproduction of the one made famous by William Shakespeare. There were a few theatres in Southwark, just across the River Thames from London. The flag would fly above the theatre to signal to Londoners across the river if there was a performance on that day.


This sketch was originally drawn by Johannes De Witt in 1596 and is the only contemporary drawing of an Elizabethan stage. Today, you may visit the reproduction Globe completed in the early 2000s, the only structure in all of London with an authentic thatched roof.


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Swan Theatre