The home of The Royal Shakespeare Company, the ‘New’ Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, is pleasantly situated next to the river in Stratford-upon-Avon. It has often struck me that the building is rather ugly, brutalist even, which seems strange given its purpose. Even the internal design has flaws, as last time I watched a play there, my seat was behind a pillar and I hade to lean to one side throughout the performance to see the stage. There has been a theatre on the site since 1879 and this photograph, taken in the early 1900s, shows the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1926 and led to the construction the current ‘new’ one. I know which I prefer.
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