Given this image problem, the launch of the Globe's Shakespeare workshop series is timely. Conducted by some of Britain's finest actors and directors, the workshops offer the first chance to see the performance space in use. Importantly, they also reveal a theatre unafraid to innovate. Some traditional Bardolatry kicks off on Wednesday, with Shakespeare's Stars (6.30pm) boasting more top-brass thesps than a Labour fundraiser circa 1987: Dench, Lapotaire, Bolam et al. But the programme soon leaves the beaten track with a range of quirky topics - Bill Gaskill on asides, Ian Judge on the daylight audience - that wouldn't look out of place on an English degree finals paper. Highlights include Mark Rylance - the new artistic director - on playing to the Elizabethan auditorium, Brian Cox on his Regent's Park Richard III, and Sir Peter Hall on how the Globe's stage might change his RSC Julius Caesar. Doubting Thomases take note: it's enough to give a theatre a good name.
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