Wanamaker CBE (1919-1993) was an American artist, director and producer but is
probably best known as the driving force behind the rebuilding of Shakespeare's Globe. During
one visit to London he decided to try and find the location of Shakespeare's legendary
Globe Theatre. He was dismayed to find the only record of the theatre was a small plaque
on a brewery wall. He dedicated much of his life to championing the rebuilding of the
Globe on the South Bank. After battling bureaucracy for many years his vision finally
triumphed and permission was granted for the building of a replica of the Globe on a site
very close to the original.
Sadly Sam died before the project was completed, but his
actress daughter Zöe carries on the Wanamaker association with the theatre. With the
success of the Globe now beyond dispute, Sam Wanamaker will be remembered as a man who did
much to help revive interest in the South Bank.