Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located near the River Thames in London.

History of Shakespeare's Globe

The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 by the playing company, Lord Chamberlain's Men, to which Shakespeare belonged, and was destroyed by fire on June 29, 1613. The fire was caused by an accident with a cannon during a production of Henry VIII.

In 1970 American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, founded the Shakespeare Globe Trust, and International Shakespeare Globe Centre with the objective of building a faithful recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe close to its original Bankside, Southwark location.

While many had said that the Globe reconstruction was impossible to achieve, he persevered for over 20 years, and eventually a new Globe Theatre was built according to a design based on the research of historical advisor John Orrell.

The theatre opened in 1997 and now stages plays every summer. It is roughly 230 metres from the original site, centre to centre, and was the first thatched roof building permitted in London since the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Shakespeare's writings relived

Plays are staged during the summer, usually between May and the first week of October, and in the winter the theatre is used for educational purposes. Tours are available all year round.

Performances are staged in a manner which is as close as possible to how it was in the original theatre.

There are no spotlights, speakers or microphones. All music is performed live to your ears, the actors can see the audience and the audience can see each other, adding to the feeling of a shared experience and community event.

When the play is done, we'd recommend checking out the amazing food at the Swan Bar & Restaurant linked to the theatre.

The Globe's Cause

The Globe celebrate Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world by conducting a radical theatrical experiment.

Inspired and informed by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theatres, the diverse programme of work harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.

Globe Story and Guided Tours

Be transported back to Shakespeare’s London, discover the magic of stagecraft, and explore the iconic Globe Theatre!

Available to 31 October 2024

Antony and Cleopatra

For the first time in ten years, Antony & Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s epic story of love, duty, and power unfolds in a ground-breaking production

Available from 4 August 2024 to 15 September 2024

Much Ado About Nothing

Get your tickets to the Globe Theatre this summer as love in its many forms is celebrated in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

Available to 24 August 2024

Richard III

Meet Richard: the man, the myth, the monster. A new production of Shakespeare’s Richard III unfolds in the Globe Theatre this summer!

Available to 3 August 2024

The Taming of the Shrew

Step inside an absurd carnival this summer as Shakespeare’s vicious comedy The Taming of the Shrew arrives in the Globe Theatre!

Available from 6 June 2024 to 26 October 2024

Princess Essex

Discover the world of Edwardian seaside beauty pageants at the Globe this summer, as Princess Essex bursts into the iconic open-air theatre!

Available from 13 September 2024 to 26 October 2024

The Comedy of Errors

Back by popular demand, experience ‘the Globe at its most joyous’ as the five star production of The Comedy of Errors makes a return this summer!

Available from 21 August 2024 to 27 October 2024

Rough Magic

Shakespeare’s Globe and Splendid Productions present a brand-new family show, Rough Magic, in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this summer!

Available from 20 July 2024 to 24 August 2024
Skinmarket Place,
London,
England,
Greater London SE1 9DR
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How to Find Us

On foot

There are excellent footpaths along the river from Waterloo and from Southwark Bridge. The Millennium Footbridge is 50 metres from the theatre.

Train

Local stations are: Blackfriars (10 minute walk, South Bank exit, lifts to street level from platform); London Bridge (15 minute walk); Cannon Street (20 minute walk) and Waterloo (25 minute walk).

Bike

There are uncovered public bike racks on Bankside and New Globe Walk, both 10 metres from the theatre. There is also a Transport for London Santander Cycle Hire docking point on New Globe Walk.

Bus

Local routes include: 45, 63, 100 (to Blackfriars Bridge); 11, 15, 17, 26 (to Mansion House); 76 (to St Paul’s Cathedral); 344 (from Liverpool Street Station, towards Clapham, on Southwark Bridge Road) and 381, 344 (towards Liverpool Street Station, on Southwark Street).

  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Café 
  • Bar
  • Cloakroom
  • Toilets

Yes! Shakespeare's Globe have disabled access & toilets, guide dogs are allowed, and cater to many other disabilities.

Assistance (Service) Dogs are welcome in the venue. Dogs should stay with owners throughout your visit

Absolutely:

  • The temporary Quiet Space is located on the level below the Welcome Desk. Here you will find some sensory regulation aids, printed Visual Stories and soft furnishings.
  • Ear Defenders can be borrowed from the Welcome Desk at any time during your visit.
  • Induction loops are installed in both our theatres and at Box Office.
  • Hearing aids are turned to the ‘T’ or ‘3’ position to access the loops.
  • The loop in the Globe Theatre is best picked up in the Lower Gallery and may be affected by the climate.
  • Hearing enhancers are available from the Welcome Desk in the main foyer.

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