Shakespeare's Globe Surveying
Shakespeare’s Globe, founded by Actor and Director Sam Wanamaker in 1977, is a highly faithful reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe theatre originally built in 1599, to which Shakespeare belonged. It is sited close to its original location at Bankside, Southwark and was the first thatched roof building permitted in London since the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The theatre lacked accurate plans for the stage and backstage areas, making it difficult to plan stage designs, sets and layouts. As nothing is ‘off the shelf’ when running an Elizabethan theatre, being able to take, check and measure dimensions in both 2D and 3D becomes critical. APR Services were commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe to provide a solution to this problem.
Scanning was carried out using a Faro Laser scanner over a period of 2 weeks. Around 100 full 360 colour scans were carried out at all levels around the auditorium and yard as well as at the 4 different levels backstage.
The scan data was used to create an accurate 3D model of the whole theatre. As with the scan data, the model was broken down into areas for easier handling, 4 stage levels, 3 auditorium levels, roof and outside.
APR Point Cloud visualisation of Shakespeare's Globe
3D models, 2D plans, sections and elevations were provided to Shakespeare's Globe, as well as the point cloud data with software for them to analyse directly from the point cloud.
Film courtesy of Shakespeare's Globe
APR provided the laser scanned data and our 3D model for an exciting 360˚virtual reality model of Shakespeare's Globe which can be downloaded as a free app from iTunes. Users can move around the app and experience Shakespeare’s Globe as never before. BBC's Click covers the story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32388430
Laser Scanning was ideal for capturing all this amazing timber structure and the data was easy to manipulate to model accurately the complex layout of the building. The data has allowed the theatre to have detailed information for their unique set designs not just in 2D but in full 3D as well.
The project was so successful that a subsequent commission to scan and model the 'Jacobean Theatre' was awarded to APR, details of which can be found here.