Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Thrives Under Leadership of Mark Rylance Initial critics' doubts notwithstanding, Mark Rylance has led the modern-day Shakespeare's Globe theatre through eight successful seasons since its launch 1996. Although acknowledged as a great actor, Rylance was considered by some to be "too eccentric" to manage Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as a successful commercial operation. Former critics now concede, however, that the modern Globe is much more than a novelty historical experience, and that its authentically-produced performances are first rate.

This story discusses some of the productions with which Rylance has been involved and some of his goals for future endeavors. Those endeavors include an indoor Inigo Jones theatre to produce early English works of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, as well as fundraising efforts for the Globe.