The Word of the Week is ‘immure’ meaning ‘wall’. Our current production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle, is famous for ‘breaking the fourth wall’, or as Shakespeare and his fellow early modernists might have said, ‘breaking the fourth immure’. You can read more about its legacy of self-consciousness in this blog post. We also hosted a lively discussion about the fourth wall on Twitter. You can read some of the comments here on Storify  or  add your comments by tweeting us @The_Globe with the hashtag #fourthwall.

Word of the Week: ‘Immure’ (n.) Wall

To ransack Troy, within whose strong immures
The ravished Helen, Menelaus’ queen
With Wanton Paris sleeps – and that’s the quarrel.

Troilus and Cressida, Prologue

Voiced by Christopher Knott

Christopher will play Duke Old Gobbo/Tubal in Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’s The Merchant of Venice.