Discover: Performing Arts


"The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities"
- Daniel Day Lewis

The Globe Theatre, London

The Globe Theatre, London

In 1613, during a performance of Henry VIII, wadding from a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof and the theatre burned to the ground ‘all in less than two hours, the people having enough to do to save themselves’. The theatre was quickly rebuilt, this time with a tiled roof. Shakespeare may have acted in the second Globe, but he probably never wrote for it. It remained the home for Shakespeare’s old company until the closure of all the theatres under England’s Puritan administration in 1642. No longer of use, it was demolished to make room for tenements in 1644.

The Globe today stands a few hundred yards from its original site. The rebuilding of the iconic building stems from the founding of the Shakespeare's Globe Trust by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker.

History of theatres

"I love acting. It is so much more real than life"
- Oscar Wilde



In drama, a tableau refers to the deliberate arrangement or positioning of people on a stage to form a striking picture. In the scene, the people remain motionless and silent, thereby increasing the dramatic effect of the scene.

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Break Dancing

Throughout the ages there have been dance moves that have caused a frenzy in society, from the can-can to the jive. Nowadays, it's more like the Michael Jackson moonwalk, or the Shakira belly dance. Videojug shows you how to perfect these famous dance moves yourself. Watch these dancing experts, and you'll be shaking your booty like Beyonce in no time.

Martha Graham

Martha Graham

Ten greatest dancers of the twentieth century

"She Without Arm, He Without Leg"
An inspirational ballet performed by Chinese dancers Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei who are both amputees.