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Sam Wanamaker at 100: how my friend's quest to build the Globe dominated his life

The stage of Shakespeare's Globe
Such stuff as dreams are made on: the stage of Shakespeare's Globe Credit: Brian Smith

Sam Wanamaker (1919-1993) was born 100 years ago today. In this 1996 piece from the Telegraph archives – published a year before the Globe opened – Keith Baxter remembers a man who transformed British theatre

Standing in the drizzle outside the stage door of the St James's Theatre 44 years ago, I waited for the actors to emerge. Googie Withers was the first, in a flurry of scent and laughter, and she was followed by Michael Redgrave, gracious and beautifully dressed. They were playing in Clifford Odet's Winter Journey, and Redgrave's performance was the most powerful I ever saw this charismatic actor give. They signed the flyleaf of my Welsh pocket dictionary and hurried to their cars.

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