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November 28, 2012 | By David Ng
  Shakespeare's Globe -- the famous outdoor theater venue in London -- will honor its late founder, the once-blacklisted American actor-director Sam Wanamaker, by naming a new indoor stage after him.  The indoor venue, which will enable the company to produce year-round, will be called the Sam Wanamaker Theatre. Wanamaker worked for many years to create the Globe but died in 1993 before he could see the finished project, which debuted in 1997. The new theater space will seat approximately 320 people and will be lit by candlelight in the historic Jacobean tradition, according to report from the BBC News.
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November 28, 2012 | By David Ng
  Shakespeare's Globe -- the famous outdoor theater venue in London -- will honor its late founder, the once-blacklisted American actor-director Sam Wanamaker, by naming a new indoor stage after him.  The indoor venue, which will enable the company to produce year-round, will be called the Sam Wanamaker Theatre. Wanamaker worked for many years to create the Globe but died in 1993 before he could see the finished project, which debuted in 1997. The new theater space will seat approximately 320 people and will be lit by candlelight in the historic Jacobean tradition, according to report from the BBC News.
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December 19, 1993 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Wanamaker, whose enduring vision of restoring Shakespeare's Globe Theater was nearing reality, died Saturday at his London home. The trustees of the Globe Playhouse Trust, which Wanamaker founded, said he died after a five-year fight against cancer. The silver-haired actor with the patrician air that closely matched his features was 74. Trained as a stage actor, Wanamaker had a short but promising run in Hollywood films until his leftist affiliations put him on the blacklist of the 1950s.
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March 16, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As she staggers across the dirt stage of "Electra" every night, a daughter wrapped in her father's immense cloak, Zoe Wanamaker carries on a legacy that reaches back 2,400 years to the hillsides of ancient Greece. But the metaphor of her own father's cloak, that of the great actor Sam Wanamaker, weighs equally heavy on her small yet sturdy shoulders.
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June 14, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam, they played it again, and everybody's cheering. It was Zoe Wanamaker, gray robe trailing across the straw-covered wooden stage, voice ringing around the thatch-roofed "wooden O," who brought a dream to life and a glittering new constellation to the firmament of London theaters. Officially opening a hard-won reproduction of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames, Wanamaker summoned a fiery muse to salute the Bard and the memory of her father.
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December 18, 1990 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guests who attend a star-studded premiere of Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" at Mann's Village Theater at 7 in Westwood tonight won't be supporting just another movie adapted from a play by Shakespeare. They'll be helping re-create the theater in which many of his plays were first performed in the 16th Century. The Globe Theatre, on the south bank of London's Thames, is about to rise again. It burned down in 1613, 14 years after it was built.
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April 24, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Wanamaker Receives Royal Honor: Sam Wanamaker, who is heading up the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre near its original site along the Thames River, has been awarded the Royal Society of the Arts' Benjamin Franklin Medal. Prince Phillip presented Wanamaker with the honor Monday after the actor-director announced a $16-million challenge to complete the faithful rebuilding of the Globe, where many of Shakespeare's plays were first performed.
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February 4, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
American actor and director Sam Wanamaker has won a 17-year fight to rebuild William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on its original London site. The council of the borough of Southwark Monday gave permission for Wanamaker to start planning his $20-million project on the south bank of the River Thames. The council had wanted to use the site for housing but last June agreed to drop its objections after a court action.
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March 16, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As she staggers across the dirt stage of "Electra" every night, a daughter wrapped in her father's immense cloak, Zoe Wanamaker carries on a legacy that reaches back 2,400 years to the hillsides of ancient Greece. But the metaphor of her own father's cloak, that of the great actor Sam Wanamaker, weighs equally heavy on her small yet sturdy shoulders.
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October 10, 1986 | KENNETH HERMAN
Sam Wanamaker is not your typical opera director. Unlike those who apprentice at an early age to master the baroque mysteries of operatic production, Wanamaker was lured into directing rather late in his career. The 67-year-old American stage actor, producer and movie and television director does not even consider himself to be an opera buff as such. "In my teens, I saw a terrible production of 'Die Walkuere,' " said Wanamaker.
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June 14, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam, they played it again, and everybody's cheering. It was Zoe Wanamaker, gray robe trailing across the straw-covered wooden stage, voice ringing around the thatch-roofed "wooden O," who brought a dream to life and a glittering new constellation to the firmament of London theaters. Officially opening a hard-won reproduction of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames, Wanamaker summoned a fiery muse to salute the Bard and the memory of her father.
NEWS
December 19, 1993 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Wanamaker, whose enduring vision of restoring Shakespeare's Globe Theater was nearing reality, died Saturday at his London home. The trustees of the Globe Playhouse Trust, which Wanamaker founded, said he died after a five-year fight against cancer. The silver-haired actor with the patrician air that closely matched his features was 74. Trained as a stage actor, Wanamaker had a short but promising run in Hollywood films until his leftist affiliations put him on the blacklist of the 1950s.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1990 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guests who attend a star-studded premiere of Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" at Mann's Village Theater at 7 in Westwood tonight won't be supporting just another movie adapted from a play by Shakespeare. They'll be helping re-create the theater in which many of his plays were first performed in the 16th Century. The Globe Theatre, on the south bank of London's Thames, is about to rise again. It burned down in 1613, 14 years after it was built.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Wanamaker Receives Royal Honor: Sam Wanamaker, who is heading up the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre near its original site along the Thames River, has been awarded the Royal Society of the Arts' Benjamin Franklin Medal. Prince Phillip presented Wanamaker with the honor Monday after the actor-director announced a $16-million challenge to complete the faithful rebuilding of the Globe, where many of Shakespeare's plays were first performed.
NEWS
November 3, 1989 | DAN FISHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The BBC's World Service was broadcasting live recently from what has been called the most historic theatrical area in the Western World--the Holy Grail of drama on the South Bank of the River Thames, where during just 10 remarkable months this year archeologists found the remains of two 400-year-old Shakespearean playhouses.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
American actor and director Sam Wanamaker has won a 17-year fight to rebuild William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on its original London site. The council of the borough of Southwark Monday gave permission for Wanamaker to start planning his $20-million project on the south bank of the River Thames. The council had wanted to use the site for housing but last June agreed to drop its objections after a court action.
NEWS
November 3, 1989 | DAN FISHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The BBC's World Service was broadcasting live recently from what has been called the most historic theatrical area in the Western World--the Holy Grail of drama on the South Bank of the River Thames, where during just 10 remarkable months this year archeologists found the remains of two 400-year-old Shakespearean playhouses.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1996
I was thrilled to learn that London's Globe Theater has at last opened ("Shakespeare's Globe Theater Is Finally Back in Business," Aug. 21). I had met Sam Wanamaker and knew how passionately he wanted the world to once again have the Globe Theater rebuilt as Shakespeare knew it. Inigo Jones was not, however, an Elizabethan architect. Although born in the later years of Elizabeth's reign, he did not become an architect until some time after Elizabeth's death. Jones, called the "English Palladio," received his first commissions from Christian IV of Denmark.
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October 10, 1986 | KENNETH HERMAN
Sam Wanamaker is not your typical opera director. Unlike those who apprentice at an early age to master the baroque mysteries of operatic production, Wanamaker was lured into directing rather late in his career. The 67-year-old American stage actor, producer and movie and television director does not even consider himself to be an opera buff as such. "In my teens, I saw a terrible production of 'Die Walkuere,' " said Wanamaker.
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