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Floating playhouse celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday

A floating replica of an Elizabethan playhouse travlled from Butler's Wharf to Bankside on Wednesday as part of Shakepeare's Globe's celebrations of the Bard's 444th birthday.

Floating playhouse celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday
Floating playhouse celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday
Floating playhouse celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday

The playhouse was set up on the deck of the MV Edwardian, built in 1985 for Sir Richard Branson and now owned by Thames Luxury Charters.

Along the way musicians in costume performed a range of music on authentic renaissance instruments.

Although there were few spectators to see the boat set off from Butler's Wharf Pier there was a large crowd at Bankside.

The Shakespeare's Birthday event – which was also part of the GLA-funded celebrations of St George's Day – marked the start of the Globe's 2008 theatre season which opened on Wednesday with a production of King Lear directed by Dominic Dromgoole.

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