Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education.Together, the Globe Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.
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Neighbourhood: Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
How to get there
  • Mansion House • 7 min walk
  • Cannon St • 8 min walk
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Abby B
London, UK107 contributions
Sep 2022
We participated in a specialty tour given by the Globe, the "Pride" tour on queer life during Shakespeare's time. It was devised and led by Hanna Morley.

The price was reasonable. The tour was in September, when HRH Elizabeth's remains were lying in state, and the queue passed the theater and used the toilets where the tours originate. This caused some confusion but the theater staff met it with grace, and a sense of "this is our small contribution to the community at this time." This added to the tour rather than detracting from it.

The tour goes "behind the scenes," which really just means that we sat in various seats in the theater while Hannah talked. The stage hands were setting up the scenery for the next play (which looked like a huge skate ramp) and that was interesting, albeit noisy. If you are interested in knowing how comfortable (or not) various seats in the house are you might have gotten more from this than we did. Otherwise, she could have been talking in a lecture hall.

Hannah's tour was well researched and the best part was that she sent out her list of sources afterwards. Unfortunately, and recognizing that this tour was very new, and perhaps still in development, it didn't feel particularly...edifying? Can I really say I came away with new information? I mean, yes...my vocabulary on body parts has been increased to by the inclusion of 17th century terminology, but other than learning which side of the Thames the same-sex brothels were, not really.

I commend the Globe for introducing this tour. I hope it can settle into something more cohesive and informative. We were four women, with a large age range (early twenties to early sixties,) one of whom identifies as queer.
Written 7 December 2022
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Nick P
3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
The Globe tour was great. The guide was very funny and informative and the building is amazing. We'll worth the cost. And if you arrive early, grab a mulled wine or a lovely cider at the Swan pub next door.
Written 4 December 2022
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Andrew C
Las Vegas, NV94 contributions
Nov 2022
I was never THAT into Shakespeare but growing up with learning about Shakespeare in school, I had to visit the Globe Theatre when in London. I had pre-purchased tickets online and made an 11AM appointment for the tour. We had arrived 20 minutes early (from Borough Market). Had asked for toilet but they said we could join the 1045AM tour as there is openings and we were there already.

It is quite interesting learning about the origination of the theater, layout, past history of how it was used, how its still currently used, etc. Don't want to go into much detail as its something you should experience yourself ! Our tour guide was very informational and answered everyone's questions.

Another aspect of Shakespearean theater learned !

Definitely worth the visit once !
Written 27 November 2022
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Lorna M
Launceston, UK69 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
My mum, boyfriend and I really enjoyed the walking guided tour with Gerald (I think his name was?!). He was incredibly warm & friendly. His knowledge of the globe and its history was felt throughout and he added humour were suitable. Would absolutely recommend and I think the price is incredibly reasonable. We would love to visit the theatre for a production next spring or summer!
Written 27 November 2022
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Shona H
6 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Gerard, the guide was excellent, very informative, funny and happy to answer any questions. Well worth doing the tour
Written 27 November 2022
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M D
3 contributions
Nov 2022
Very interesting guided tour with a lot of facts about the history of the Globe, about the way theatre was performed in those days, about the construction of the building, about social interaction around 1600 and about the Shakespearean plays performed nowadays. And all that information given *in* the historical surroundings, sitting in the gentlemen's seats, standing as groundlings before the stage, walking around in the theatre and the buildings around it.
Sadly there was no play, but we knew that up front (that's only March-October). Definitely want to come back some day to visit a play!
Easy to reach: nearby Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, London Bridge tube station.
Written 13 November 2022
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fred
Shirley, UK6 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We were taken round by David, who was an excellent guide. He didn’t talk down to us and was fluent and articulate; really clear speaker who talked to us for almost an hour without any notes, leaving us with the impression that our tour was unique, not just a conveyor belt thing. Although I already knew quite a lot about Shakespeare and the theatre of his time, there was lots here to keep me interested. At the same time, anyone who knew little of the subject would have found David’s talk really interesting and informative.
Well worth our £17 each - excellent value compared to other London tourist attractions.
Written 12 November 2022
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Dave W
United States4 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Unbelievably bad. The acting was marginal at best and I felt like I was watching a disorganized rehearsal. Zero effort in set design and wardrobe. Not at all what I expected as the actors wore casual clothes (khakis, hoodies and sneakers). I actually thought it was a parody for the first several minutes..but alas…. the parody continued for a painful 2 hours and 25 minutes. The best part of this play was when it was over.
Written 11 November 2022
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lyndsay2882
13 contributions
Oct 2022
We did the Halloween tour on Saturday 29/10/22 and although my daughter was a little old for it I thought Norma who was our guide really included everyone and tried to make all the facts spooky.

My daughter told Norma she was studying 'the scottish play' at school and after our tour she took all of our group back into the theatre and explained more about it.

I will definitely book another guided tour and hope to get Norma again. She really does love the theatre and her job and you can tell.
Written 31 October 2022
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Ziggy
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
Booked the tickets as a birthday present for my friend and we were NOT disappointed. As theatre people, hearing about the history of the time period in which some of the greatest playwrights existed was a treat; the people wanted violence, sex and murder!
The circles in which Shakespeare found himself, with the likes of Ben Johnson, Francis Langley and Christopher Marlowe. The mystery, intrigue and dodgy dealings. Mark Rowland was a fantastic guide, his knowledge and humour made the tour even more enjoyable.
I would recommend this to anyone that has a deep love of theatre, Shakespeare and the depravity of Bankside!
Written 30 October 2022
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