In Shakespeare’s day, a trip to the theatre inevitably involved a long afternoon spent getting sloshed, urinating on one’s fellow punters, and occasionally directing a choice insult at the hapless thesps on stage.
Four-hundred years on and we’re a much more civilised society: we’d never do any of that in the afternoon. Most of us probably wouldn’t do it in the evening. But in the wee small hours of the morning? Well it’d be rude not to! (Apart from the weeing thing, don’t do that).
The closest you’ll get to seeing Shakespeare’s works in the true, rough’n’ready environment they were written for, the Globe’s Midnight Matinee performances start at 11.59pm, run for about three-hours, and end with the theatre’s Swan restaurants serving bacon and sausage sandwiches to those who make it until the end.
This year’s programme kicks off [tomorrow/tonight] with a boisterous, all-female performance of ‘Taming of the Shrew’. Next up is the current brilliant Theatre production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on July 12; and then the season wraps up with ‘The Tempest’ on Aug 9.
Remember: it’s just £5 for a standing ticket, so get one before it packs out.