On the south bank of the Thames in London is the Holy Grail of English teachers everywhere--Shakespeare's restored Globe Theatre. I had visited several times, mostly with students, but finally had a chance to see a play there this September.
It is an open air theater built of timber. The poor were allowed to stand before the stage for a penny; today the groundlings pay £5 for the privilege of standing for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. This day, about half way through they were donning raincoats. If they had one!
The actors started warming up the audience before the real action started.
. . . and it was time return our seat cushions and go home. What a treat it was to check off this item on my bucket list: see a play at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.