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Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club started as a jazz venue in 1957. It eventually accepted 'pop' music, becoming a premier venue for Liverpool's talent, and the Beatles played there on about 300 occasions in the early 1960s, often at lunchtimes. The Cavern was demolished and buried in 1973, but a 'new' Cavern, much modelled on the original, emerged in its place. It hosts international stars, tribute acts and original performers - and is very much a part of the lively Mathew Street scene, as well as being a 'must-see' for any Beatles pilgrim.

Location/Address: 10 Mathew Street
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L2 6RE
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club
Useful Website Address: The Cavern website
Tip/Nearby: The Grapes - where the Beatles used to drink after gigs, The Beatles Story museum
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

The Roman theatre at Verulamium is unique in Britain, because it's a theatre with a stage, rather than an amphitheatre. It was built in about 140AD, later redeveloped and by the 4th century it is estimated it could seat an audience of some 2,000. Close to the ruins are the foundations of shops and a temple. There is not a great deal to see, but it is opposite the Roman Museum - so park near the latter and combine the two.

Part of the Gorhambury Estate.

Location/Address: A4147 Road
St Albans
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: AL3 6AE
Main Historic Period: Roman
Useful Website Address: Official Gorhambury website
Tip/Nearby: Verulamium Roman Museum is virtually opposite. Also St Albans Abbey nearby.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

It was the dream of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker to recreate the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare's day in modern London. The result opened in 1997, about 200 metres from the site of the original, and is believed to be as close a reproduction of the theatres of late Tudor/early Stuart England as possible, bearing in mind modern safety standards. The first production was Henry V. The complex also includes an exhibition and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a smaller, more intimate, space inspired by Jacobean theatres.

Sadly, Wanamaker died in 1993.  But, thanks to him, you can experience a Shakesperian play almost as it would have been performed 400 years ago.

Location/Address: 21 New Globe Walk
County: London
Post Code: SE1 9DT
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern, Southwark Cathedral.
Primary Management: Other

The Sheldonian is the University of Oxford’s theatre and principle place of assembly - used for ceremonial occasions, including graduations, events and performances.  It is also a tourist attraction, with a panoramic view from its cupola across the dreaming spires, and welcomes visitors from around the globe.  It was built in 1664–7, entirely funded by Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury and a former Warden of All Souls.  The architect was a young Christopher Wren, at that time Professor of Astronomy at Oxford, with as yet little practical experience of building. Inspired by drawings of Roman theatres, he adopted their D-shaped plan. However, the open arena of Rome was not suitable for the English climate and had to be covered.  To do this without introducing load bearing columns into the central space, which would ruin the resemblance to an ancient theatre, Wren designed a roof truss able to span the required 70 feet, a technical achievement which gained him great credit in scientific and architectural circles and made the roof of the Sheldonian a landmark in roof construction. From below, this technical ingenuity is concealed from view by a magnificent painted ceiling.

Location/Address: Broad Street
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: OX1 3AZ
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: The Sheldonian's website
Tip/Nearby: Oxford city centre and colleges - handy for the Bodeian
Primary Management: Educational establishment

Snape maltings is a complex of shops, holiday accommodation, café and pub centred around the world famous concert hall. The buildings are mainly converted Victorian industrial buildings, originally used for the malting of barley. The venue was created by composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, singer Peter Pears, reclaiming the old buildings. A programme of music runs all year.

Location/Address: Near Aldeburgh
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP17 1SR
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Snape Maltings' website
Tip/Nearby: Aldeburgh, Orford
Primary Management: Independent
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