The Burbages' theatre on Bankside in Southwark, erected in 1599. It was a large twenty‐sided building, thatched, with the centre open to the sky. The thatch caught fire in 1613, owing to the discharge of a peal of ordnance at an entry of the king in Henry VIII, and the whole building was destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1614 and demolished in 1644. Shakespeare had a share in the theatre and acted there. Shakespeare's Globe, which opened in 1996 close to the original site of the Globe, includes a full‐sized reconstruction of the theatre. The driving force behind the building of this new theatre, opened by Elizabeth II in 1997, was American actor‐director Sam Wanamaker (1919–93).