Odessa’s Globe Theatre – Shakespeare in Texas

Odessa's Globe TheatreShakespeare in Texas? Sure, why not? At least, that was the thought of a Texas school girl in 1948 – and it was her vision that produced Odessa’s Globe Theatre.

The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599 by William Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men but it was destroyed by fire in 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site the next year and remained active until closing in 1642. A modern reconstruction of the Globe in London, called “Shakespeare’s Globe”, was opened in 1997 not too far from the site of the original venue … but a Texas schoolgirl named Marjorie Morris beat London’s 1997 reconstruction to the draw by almost 50 years.

Marjorie Morris came up with the idea in 1948 and managed to convince her Odessa High School, senior English class of its brilliance. After all, why couldn’t a west Texas oil town benefit from an active replica of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater?

Why not indeed?

The Odessa High School Shakespeare Club took on the project, soliciting donations and getting plans drawn. It took ten years but, on March 7th, 1958, groundbreaking ceremonies were held on land donated by Odessa College. On-again off-again construction commenced whenever funds were made available until, finally, in May of 1964, Odessa’s Globe Theatre was formally dedicated.

Not content to stop there, a replica of Anne Hathaway’s cottage was added to the complex. No, not the Anne Hathaway of modern Hollywood but Shakespeare’s wife. The cottage is known as the Anne Hathaway Library and houses the works of Shakespeare along with displays of special interest to fans of the Bard.

Odessa’s Globe Theatre was modeled after Shakespeare’s original, 1599 Globe Theatre. The resulting 410-seat octagonal theater serves as a non-profit, presenting classical and modern plays using an Elizabethan-style stage. The Globe hosts community theater performances, national road shows, a monthly country and western show called “The Brand New Opree,” and other community events.

Odessa’s Globe Theatre

2308 Shakespeare Road, Odessa College, Odessa, Texas
For more information, Please visit: www.globesw.org

Lodging Near Odessa’s Globe Theatre
Since Anne Hathaway’s Cottage turns out to be a library, you’re going to have to look for somewhere else to stay when visiting the Globe Theatre in Texas. Rather than stay in an impersonal and stale hotel or motel, why not give yourself a REAL treat and check into one of our West Texas bed and breakfast inns? You’ll not find better digs anywhere, of that we are certain.

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