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Celebrating the 101st anniversary of Sam Wanamaker's birth

14 June 2020 20:26

Beautiful weather like the UK is currently enjoying is perfect for watching open-air theatre (hopefully it won't be long before we can do that again). How appropriate, then, that 14 June 2020 marks 101 years since ZoŽ's dad and Shakespeare's Globe's founder, Sam Wanamaker, was born.

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Happy Birthday to our founder, Sam Wanamaker, born #OnThisDay 14 June 1919 \ud83c\udf82\ud83e\udd73 On the anniversary of his birth, we\u0026#39;d like to take a moment to thank this extraordinary, visionary man, who dedicated so much of his life to Shakespeare and building our wooden O. We wouldn\u0026#39;t be here without him \u2b55 Photo: Sam stands next to the plaque marking the site of the original Globe Theatre. #ShakespearesGlobe #Shakespeare #GlobeTheatre #ThisWoodenO #SamWanamaker

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The Globe, which had its own birthday just a couple of days ago, is celebrating Sam Wanamaker and his incredible legacy with photos on Instagram and fans' memories on Twitter. One fan describes her parents watching him on stage in 1957 in The Rose Tattoo, a powerful Tennessee Williams play ZoŽ later starred in herself (giving 'the performance of her career', in the Guardian's words).

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On what would have been our founder, Sam Wanamaker\u0026#39;s 101st Birthday, we\u0026#39;d love to hear any memories and stories you may have of him. Here he is in 1989 with a model of our Globe Theatre and Bankside site. \u2b55 Photo: Paul Mellor. #ShakespearesGlobe #Shakespeare #GlobeTheatre #ThisWoodenO #SamWanamaker

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You can read about Sam Wanamaker's many achievements and learn about 'the extraordinary life of one visionary man' in an article on the theatre's blog. His determination was particularly extraordinary, as the article emphasises: 'While many had said that the Globe reconstruction was impossible to achieve, Sam persevered for over twenty years, overcoming a series of monumental obstacles.'

One of his friends, Barry Day, has penned a moving tribute elsewhere on the blog. Again, ZoŽ's dad's determination comes to the fore: 'Samís vision and his single-minded commitment was undoubtedly the driving force that kept the project on track through the decades and propelled it through the ''down'' moments.'

For more insights into how The Globe dream became reality, why not pick up Day's lively book, This Wooden 'O': Shakespeare's Globe Reborn?

A year and a day ago, the first full-length biography of ZoŽ's dad, Sam Wanamaker: A Global Performer by his friend Dr Diana Devlin, was launched at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe's indoor companion theatre. Guests at the special event included ZoŽ, her elder sister Abby and many other people who knew Sam Wanamaker and are involved with the two theatres.

You can hear from the great man himself, thanks to 'Remembering Sam Wanamaker', an episode of Shakespeare's Globe's Such Stuff podcast series. ZoŽ's dad emphasises: 'Shakespeare belongs to everyone, we know that. And this place [The Globe] will be the centre for the understanding of his works, for helping young people to get over the difficult barriers of language. Welcome. Watch us grow. Weíre going to be here and create and transform the most exciting new area of London and Britain.'

And of course that is exactly what The Globe, its founder and dedicated team have achieved.

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Happy Sam Day one and all! The founder of our Theatre, Sam Wanamaker, would have been 98 today. We have a lot to be thankful to him for. Help us celebrate his birthday by sharing your memories - here\u0026#39;s one of ours: Sam with his daughter, Zoe Wanamaker, in the Forest of Dean with a tree to be turned into timber for the frame of our Globe Theatre, circa 1992. #samwanamaker #happybirthdaysam #shakespeare #shakespearesglobe #globetheatre #memories

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Reconstructing Shakespeare's theatre 'was Dadís project for 27 years [...] the tenacity of the man,' remarked ZoŽ in a recent interview with the Observer.

If youíd like to celebrate Sam Wanamaker and support the amazing theatre he built Ė a registered charity that receives no regular government subsidy Ė at this incredibly challenging time, please consider joining me in donating to The Globe.

What better way to conclude this article than with a portrait of ZoŽ 's dad by the talented amateur artist Gareth Bevan? Fantastic, isn't it!

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Latest drawing. As well as being the hundredth birthday of actor Gene Barry yesterday, actor and director Sam Wanamaker would also have been 100. Working extensively in front of and behind the camera, Wanamaker is also known for being the father of actress Zoe Wanamaker, and for campaigning for the Globe Theatre to be built. Drawn with @penteluk HB and 2B mechanical pencils and Progresso 8B graphite sticks on 130gsm @daler_rowney Smooth Cartridge. #art #artistsofinstagram #artofinstagram #sketchbook #sketch #sketching #draw #drawing #pencil #pencildrawing #portrait #people #face #portraiture #realism #detail #graphite #creative #artistsoninstagram #artist #artistic #artistsoninstagram #artoftheday #actor #film #television #theatre #globetheatre #samwanamaker

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