On Bankside, London, arguably the world’s most well known playhouse was built in 1599. The Globe is the theatre for which Shakespeare wrote his greatest plays. The theatre burnt down in 1613 after a spark from a stage cannon, used during a performance of Henry V111, landed on the thatch and caused a fire. It was rebuilt but in 1642 all theatres were forced to close during Cromwell’s rule and the Globe was pulled down. More than 350 years later the re building of The Globe Theatre, on the south bank of the Thames, began.

In 1994 we successfully tendered for the contract to supply all the haired lime plaster for the re construction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. This was the largest lime-plastering project in Great Britain. The plaster covered a 30 ft. high circular wall with a circumference of 300 ft. Approximately 250 tonnes of lime mortar was used to create the wall of the theatre. Jeremy Sharpe was also asked to advice the team of plasterers on the correct way to use the lime mortar. The plaster was applied to split oak laths on both sides of the infill panels of the new timber frame.


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