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The Bard gets new 'Globe-ish' digs in Baltimore

The Bard gets new 'Globe-ish' digs in Baltimore

For the past 12 years, the name Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has been most associated with its outdoor productions in summer and fall, reached by trekking up a hill to the rustic ruins of Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City. Audience seating typically involved folding chairs or blankets.

This week, the company inaugurates a striking new home in downtown Baltimore that suggests a hip version of the famed Globe Theatre in London where Shakespeare's own company performed.

Players "will have their exits and their entrances," as the Bard says, on a thrust stage, tightly enveloped by three tiers. There are 260 red, padded, ergonomically designed...