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Shakespeare historian John Orrell dies at 68

John Orrell, a historian whose intellectual detective work laid the groundwork for the 1997 re-creation of Shakespeare's original Globe Theater, died on Sept. 16 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was 68 and lived in Edmonton.

The cause was melanoma, his wife, Wendy, said.

The details — from size to seating — of what may be the world's most famous theater have long eluded historians, but Orrell brought new techniques, including mathematics, to the search. He was a rare sight, a Shakespearean scholar who carried a slide rule.