LEAR—THE STORM WITHIN AND A STORM WITHOUT. A review in the TLS by Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (March 11) recounted an anecdote that Gwilym Jones tells in his book SHAKESPEARE’S STORMS. The modern Shakespeare Globe Theatre is a copy of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. There is a roof over the back rows of seats, but the stage and the area in which the groundlings stand are unroofed. Gwilym Jones tells of an afternoon performance at the Globe in May, 2008 in which a storm came and the performance continued. “As Lear shouted above the storm [“Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes….”] and the yardlings huddled back towards the roof-covered seats, [Jones] overheard one elderly lady spectator say to her companion: ‘How are they DOING this?'”

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