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DID YOU KNOW?:
The Globe Theatre in Southwark was fitted out with specially fireproofed Welsh straw for location filming.
The average time in make-up for an actor playing a prosthetic character such as a witch is three hours.
The idea of an indoor lavatory did not become popular in England until the 18th Century.
Bedlam first admitted the mentally ill in 1403. It still exists today as the Bethlam Royal Hospital of London, and is the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world. It no longer has cells, straw or sadistic jailers.
Because of their love of sweetmeats and lack of oral hygiene, most Elizabethans had rotten teeth and foul breath.
Shakespeare scholars have speculated for centuries about Love's Labour's Won. Some claim it was indeed a sequel to Love's Labour's Lost; others that it still exists, and that it's another name for The Taming of the Shrew.
The original Globe theatre was destroyed by fire in 1613. The New Globe Theatre, where some of The Shakespeare Code was filmed, was completed in 1997. Its creation was instigated by the late Sam Wanamaker. Sam was the father of Zoë Wanamaker, who played Cassandra in The End of the World and New Earth.
Love's Labour's Lost will be performed again at the New Globe Theatre in 2007. Carrionites are unlikely to disturb the performance.
Both Shakespeare and Elizabeth I have appeared in Doctor Who before; in The Chase, the First Doctor saw Will on his 'time television', being given the idea to write Hamlet by the Queen.
The Doctor has always been a huge fan of the Bard, and has a particular fondness for quoting Hamlet (that's HamLET). Notable instances include addressing a skull in Image of the Fendahl "Alas, Poor Skull!", deciding to "Go softly on!" in Castrovalva and wishing "Good-night, sweet prince," to a dying comrade in The Two Doctors.
Perhaps one of the reasons the Doctor loves Hamlet so much is that in City of Death he claims to have helped Shakespeare write it, after Will sprained his wrist writing sonnets!
Fact File compiled by Peter Ware.