Shakespeare's Globe

Footsbarn at The Globe
Full house - © Manuel Harlan
Thatched roof - © Jonathan Perugia / Time Out
© Pete Le May
© John Tramper
© Pawel Libera
Muse of Fire © Alex Harvey-Brown
The Malcontent - © Alastair Muir
Blue Stockings - © Manuel Harlan
'Blue Stockings' at Shakespeare's Globe
The Night of the Burning Pestle - © Alastair Muir
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The original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare's plays were first staged and which he co-owned, burned to the ground in 1613 during a performance of 'Henry VIII'. Nearly 400 years later, it was rebuilt not far from its original site, using construction methods and materials as close to the originals as possible. Shakespeare’s Globe has been an unbridled success, underpinned in part by its educational programme (you can drop in for talks and readings) and its commitment to faithfully recreating an original ‘Shakespeare in performance’ experience - the season runs from April to October.

The open-air, free-standing Yard is the best bet for those after complete authenticity – the absence of seating may test your stamina but tickets are excellent value – while the Middle and Upper Galleries afford a (marginally more comfortable) atmosphere of their own. The only thing that tends to mar a performance is the theatre’s somewhat noisy, flight-path location.

In the UnderGlobe beneath the theatre is a fine exhibition on the history of the reconstruction, Bankside and its original theatres, and Shakespeare's London, including elegantly displayed costumes from early productions in the new theatre, filmed video interviews and touchscreen exhibits on Elizabethan special effects; visitors can also edit a page of 'Hamlet' to their own specifications and print the result. Guided tours of the Shakespeare's Globe theatre run throughout the year (taking in the archaeological site of the Rose nearby during matinée performances at the Globe), and seasonal festivals take place on the riverside area outside the Globe.

Venue name: Shakespeare's Globe
Address: 21
New Globe Walk
Opening hours: Exhibition: Daily 9am-5pm Tours: Mon 9.30am-5pm; Tue-Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 9.30-11.30pm
Transport: Tube: Blackfriars/Mansion House/London Bridge
Price: Exhibition and Globe Theatre Tour: £13.50, £12 seniors, £11 students, £8 under-16s, free under-fives, £36 family

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Victoria A

Enjoyed the Tour at the globe. The guide for the tour was quite amusing and funny. Lovely place.

Leonard Fahrni

Went to England in 2000 for the first time just to see the Globe - what a fantastic experience! I have been back several times and sat through 3 plays one day last July. I recommend it to everyone who is in town for more than a day or two.


WE love our visit to the Globe. The guide was fantastic. We enjoy the guided tour and love the lay out theatre. Absolutelly fantastic.


Visiting the Globe is a highlight of any trip to the capital and I recommend the standing tickets to be at the heart of the action!