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London's new theater offers tragedy by candlelight

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LONDON -

Shakespeare's Globe in London is adding two innovations in its quest to give audiences a sense of theater as it was 400 years ago: a roof, and candles. Hundreds and hundreds of candles.

They flicker in sconces and chandeliers inside the Globe's brand-new indoor venue, which stands alongside its Elizabethan-style open-air playhouse beside the River Thames.

The oak-framed theater will allow the Globe to stage plays year-round for the first time. Its first production, opening Wednesday, features screen star Gemma Arterton in revenge tragedy "The Duchess of Malfi."

The playhouse was built from original 17th-century plans using centuries-old techniques, and its shows will be lit entirely by candles.

Artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said Tuesday that the goal was to create a theater in which Shakespeare would have felt at home.

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