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A metal forest has sprung up on Bankside

Andrzej Lukowski

In a cheerfully ostentatious move to mark the start of her reign, new Shakespeare's Globe artistic director Emma Rice has built a big metal forest, starting in the theatre's piazza and spilling out onto Bankside.

Designed by Lez Brotherton, it'll be there all summer – the duration of Rice's inaugural 'season of wonder' – and looks really cool, basically.

You can hang out under its eminently unleafy branches for free, although somebody from the Globe will probably tell you off – or at least give you a very disappointed look – if you try climbing one. 

And if you like the trees, you'll love the theatre to be had just metres away. Rice's first production for the Globe 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is running now – stay tuned for our review on Friday – and it'll shortly be joined in rep by a raucous Ireland-set take on 'The Taming of the Shrew'. As ever, standing tickets are just £5.

Check out the current Shakespeare's Globe season


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