Globe Theater Replica to be Built in Rome

AP: The city of Rome is building a replica of the Globe Theatre at the Villa Borghese, to open on October 15 with a performance of "Romeo and Juliet." "We needed a theater like this in Italy," said project manager Giuseppe Viggiano, "a theater of words, where actors will be able to express themselves only with their voice and acting, without sets, lights or microphones, just as the theater was in its origins."

The Globe will host performances of Shakespeare's plays in Italian translations from spring through autumn, "but there's nothing stopping us from holding some plays in English or 'contaminating' the theater with works from other playwrights," said Viggiano.