Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition & Tour:
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Hosted within the reconstructed Globe Theatre on London's Bankside, the exhibition explores the remarkable story of the Globe, and brings Shakespeare's world to life using a range of interactive displays and live demonstrations. Why not enjoy a delicious 'Midsummer Night's Dream'-themed afternoon tea (not included in ticket price) at the theatre's restaurant after your tour.
- All Year Round, Daily | Except December 24 & 25.
- Daily: 09:00 to 17:00.
Tour Times (Every Hour):
- Monday: 09:30 to 17:00.
- Tuesday - Saturday: 09:30 to 12:00.
- Sunday: 09:30 to 11:00.
*As Shakespeare's Globe is a working theatre, there may be occasions during the peak season (Apr 23 - Oct 2) when guided tours are unable to run. When this occurs, Rose or Bankside tours will be offered instead.
- 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT.
- Shakespeare's Globe and all of its exhibition spaces are accessible via lifts.
About Shakespeare's Globe:
Founded by American director Sam Wannamaker and opened to the public in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is a faithful modern day reconstruction of the legendary Elizabethan playhouse. Built in 1599, the original building that housed Shakespeare's London theatre was a private open-air performance venue where the Bard of Avon wrote many of his greatest pieces.
Its popular 'Tour and Exhibition' presents all facets of the Globe, historical and contemporary, including the epic struggle of Sam Wannamaker to recreate the theatre in such a way that it perfectly evoked the atmosphere of Elizabethan era London.
The first Globe was an Elizabethan theatre, built around 1598 in Bankside London. It was one of the area's four main theatres and where William Shakespeare penned some of his most iconic works. This Globe burned down in 1613 when the roof caught fire during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt the following year on the opposite bank of the Thames, this time with a tiled roof, but like all theatres in 1642, it was closed by the Puritans before being demolished in 1644 to make way for housing.
The current theatre was rebuilt to the exact specifications of the 1599 original, albeit a few dozen meters from the original location. During the early 17th century the stage and audience were outdoors, so most shows took place in the summer.
From Shakespeare aficionados to general history buffs and architecture lovers, the current Globe has a treat in store for everyone. During the 40 minute tour a professional guide will explain the intricacies, history and modern purpose of the building, as well as the quirks of 17th century theatre-going and famous performances. You can also witness an exciting sword fight demonstration and see first-hand the processes that went into making costumes used during Shakespeare's time.
Throughout the exhibition you'll discover, among other things, a rich collection of costumes, original texts, and photographs. Far from being a simple performance venue, Shakespeare's Globe is a museum and an international community centre where fans of Shakespeare's works can experience live shows in a setting that the bard himself would be familiar with.