Shakespeare’s Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the open air playhouse designed in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and wrote most of his greatest plays. It is also home to new indoor Jacobean theatre, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Globe’s theatre season runs all year round – outside from April – October and inside from November – March.
Shakespeare’s Globe also houses the biggest exhibition of it’s kind devoted to the world of Shakespeare from Elizabethan times to the present, situated beneath the Globe theatre itself. Explore Bankside, the Soho of Elizabethan London, follow Sam Wanamaker’s struggle to recreate an authentic Globe for the 20th century and take a fascinating tour of today’s working theatre. Tickets for performances vary, so check on the Shakespeare’s Globe website.
Renowned worldwide for the iconic reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates William Shakespeare through the power of performance to make his work accessible to all. From architectural plans to costume designs, prompt books and programmes, the digitised archive of Shakespeare’s Globe offers researchers a comprehensive insight into performance practice in this unique theatre space.
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The Globe, which opened in 1997, is a reconstruction of an open-air theatre designed in 1599. The season normally runs from May to October and sometimes over the Christmas period. Tours of the theatre and an exhibition is also available.
The Shakespeare’s Globe is also home to a second theatre – it has named its new 340 seat Indoor Jacobean Theatre The Sam Wanamaker Theatre, named after the organisation’s founder, American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. Performances have been held inside the theatre since January 2014, and allow Shakespeare’s Globe to present plays throughout the year. The theatre has two tiers of galleried seating and a pit seating area and is predominantly lit by candles.
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