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Shakespeare's Globe in Doctor Who

Date posted: 01.04.2007

The Shakespeare Code is the second episode of series 3 of the revived Doctor Who series. It will be broadcast on BBC One on 7 April 2007.

The story is set in 1599 London. The Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) travel to Elizabethan England, where the famous playwright William Shakespeare (played by Dean Lennox Kelly) is being controlled by three witches. The Doctor and Martha must stop the evil witches, and Shakespeare must give the performance of his life in order to save history.

This episode was written by Gareth Roberts and directed by Charles Palmer. The Shakespeare's Globe was used as one of the primary locations.

The original Globe was an Elizabethan theatre which opened in Autumn 1599. The new Globe theatre opened in 1997 under the name Shakespeare's Globe and now stages plays every summer (May to October). The new theatre is 200 yards from the original site, and was the first thatched roof building permitted in London since the Great Fire of London in 1666.

As in the original Globe, the theatre is open to the sky and has a thrust stage that projects into a large circular yard surrounded by three tiers of steeply raked seating. The only covered parts of the amphitheatre are the stage and the more expensive seated areas. Tours are available all year round.

James Aldous from the Globe talks about his experience of The Shakespeare Code shoot: "The Doctor Who filming was our most ambitious that we have ever had inside the theatre to date. As the filming took place in the middle of our theatre season, we had to make absolutely sure that everything ran like clockwork.

For each of the three nights we would wait for our performance to come down, clear the auditorium of patrons before giving the go ahead to Doctor Who to set up and begin filming. We had to also be sure that the theatre was returned to its original state each morning before our exhibition tours commenced at 10am."

To film at the Globe please contact Marketing Manager Ali Barker on 020 7902 1491 or email

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