Today at Shakespeare’s Globe in London - the iconic theatre was rebuilt next to the original site - cheap seats cost about $8 (R115), still considered a bargain, while well-heeled patrons will fork up $70 each for gallery seats.
Meghan Freebeck, an advocate for the homeless in San Francisco, visited the theatre in 2017 and got an idea: Shakespeare should be for all. Since the homeless generally don’t go to live theatre, maybe she could bring Shakespeare to the homeless.
That is how 16 homeless people in San Francisco ended up sitting in a circle last month with several actors Freebeck recruited from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.
“Shakespeare covers the whole gambit of the human experience,” said Freebeck, founder of the non-profit Simply the Basics, a hygiene supply bank for San Francisco’s homeless.