Gemma Arterton starring in The Duchess of Malfi
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Theatre by candlelight opens at the Globe

15 January 2014 Last updated at 00:35 GMT

Fourteen years after the opening of Shakespeare's Globe, the vision of its founder has been fully realised.

The thatched amphitheatre on London's South Bank now stands cheek by jowl with a brand new, old theatre: the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

This second theatre is designed to replicate the indoor playhouses of the early 17th Century.

The theatre holds 340 people with two tiers of galleried seating and an historically accurate pit seating area. The first programmed season opens officially on January 15 with The Duchess of Malfi

The play is performed entirely by candlelight as the reconstruction architect John Greenfield explains.

Video Journalist Sophie van Brugen.