Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays, in the London Borough of Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames. The original theatre was built in 1599, destroyed by the fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644. The modern Globe Theatre is an academic approximation based on available evidence of the 1599 and 1614 buildings. It is considered quite realistic, though modern safety requirements mean that it accommodates only 1,400 spectators compared to the original theatre's 3,000.
Shakespeare's Globe was founded by the actor and director Sam Wanamaker, built about 230 metres (750 ft) from the site of the original theatre and opened to the public in 1997, with a production of Henry V. The site also includes the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, an indoor theatre which opened in January 2014. This is a smaller, candle-lit space based on the indoor playhouses of Jacobean London. The Sackler Studios, an educational and rehearsal studio complex, is situated just around the corner from the main site.
Helena | Jan 27, 2018
This place is an excellent place for British entertainment. It is very intimate and beautiful. The open ceiling is also fascinating (occasionally you can hear planes going past). The shows have plenty of diversity which I think is excellent and is instrumental in improving the world of theatre. The quality of the drama is also amazing and I would strongly recommend.
Kindra Jones | Feb 24, 2018
The whole visit was superb. The exhibition is well laid out and explains the history of the Globe and the reconstruction, as well as looking at various aspects of the theatre. The tour was fantastic, led by a guide who was not only an expert but very entertaining too. After we stopped at the cafe, which I highly recommend. The prices were very good considering it is central London and the food delicious. I had three salads to choose from to accompany my frittata, all of which were finely crafted.
nkyd_nomadic | Feb 21, 2018
The performance was spectacular (I attended King Lear). I was in the standing area and you are able to see the whole stage. The interaction the actors was what made it a completely different experience. I was able to get tickets on the day of the performance. The staff was very helpful with telling me where to collect my tickets and which queue to go on. Drinks and snacks are a little price but that is to ve expected of a popular tourist attraction.
Danni Howe | Feb 9, 2018
We've been at The Swan on a couple of occasions, including for Christmas lunch in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 my husband had a surgery before Christmas and he had to be in a wheelchair. I was terrified that I would never manage looking after him properly however everything went very smoothly. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is excellent! The view is wonderful - St Paul's Cathedral. I've got only one complaint. I like my entertainment and the magician in 2017 only turned up for 5 minutes, if that whereas the magician (Lora) in 2016 spent much time to entertain us individually.
Julia McClure | Mar 4, 2018
I'm sure fans know that the Globe theatre is open to the elements and that "groundlings" have to stand for the performance. Those under cover can hire cushions to sit on. Even so you go for the performances and atmosphere not for comfort. On this occasion I went to the Sam Wanamaker theatre for the first time. A very different theatre, great experience. Would highly recommend.
Sam S | May 5, 2018
The venue is superb, and nice reconstruction (1998) to the previously burnt down original. Highly recommend attending a live showing (usually at 7:30pm, with some days also at 2:30pm). We were able to get tickets on the day, and got the standing for the full experience and was a bargain of £5 each. The show was spectacular (attended As You Like It - comedy). The performers interaction were great and made it eventful; standing area you are close to the stage and can see the whole building up close. Bear in mind the performance is 2.5 hours long and there is an interval in between, so some people may want to get seats. Also we were lucky and it was a nice day that day (I would personally avoid if it was raining that day). The staff were friendly, patient and helpful with all queries. Highly recommend for locals and tourists to visit at least once.
Francine Serrurier | Apr 13, 2018
Really great visit. Definitely worth going on a guided tour, get so much more information than if you went on your own. I did the tour by myself in a group of randoms but the tour guide was really good in getting everyone to feel comfortable. The information inside is also amazing. Highly recommend it.
Maja Bayyoud | Apr 30, 2018
I like the Swan, it's a lovely place with impeccable interiors, food and service. I've been for a brunch, a roast and an evening dinner and would recommend the brunch over the other meals I've tried. It's easily the most affordable and you'll leave satisfied, though the others are great too if you're looking to splash out a bit more!
Sharon | Apr 29, 2018
Went to Shakespeare’s Globe during my short stay in London for the Little Match Girl which is an amazing play. The team is not very big but every artist has had an excellent performance by demonstrating different talents and worked so well as a team! I love this ‘unplugged’ type of performance and it’s always exciting to see a bit of creative and modern twist on the original story. Would highly recommend!
J LP | Mar 27, 2018
Went on the tour to find out that this is not the original theatre and Shakespeare never actually performed here. In fact when the original theatre was destroyed in a fire they never had any drawings or photos so they don't really know what the original theatre looked like. Still quite beautiful. Would love to see a play there though. This theatre was built in 1998.
Steve Evans | Jun 7, 2018
An incredible theater. We just saw "As You Like It". Beautiful place! Outdoors. Shakespeare under the stars! Be prepared. It can get cold and rain. But so worth it. Check it out.....
Helen Keegan | May 28, 2018
The seating at The Globe is all benches, some with restrictive view because of where the posts are in the gallery, the height of the ceiling if you're at ground level (means it's difficult to see action on the upper level of the stage) and the position of the massive pillars on the stage. Most views are restricted a little but it doesn't really detract from your experience. If you are at the far sides, your view is more restricted. If seated, you can hire a cushion or two for £2 each. If you're in the back row of the seated area, you have the wall to lean on. If you're a groundling, you can stand anywhere, but you are standing and you are completely open to the elements. If seated, you're protected from rain, but not from wind or cold air so you may need to bring a wrap or hire a blanket on a cool evening. The quality of the productions is great. Enjoy!
Jane Taylor | May 30, 2018
We saw As you Like it at an evening performance after an afternoon of thunderstorms and torrential rain. The performance was excellent and the atmosphere generated by the old Elizabethan theatre layout was really close. The benches are exceedingly hard and the cushion hire is certainly a must. Blankets are also available. Drinks and food can be bought from the stalls in the theatre grounds. We were warm enough with fleece and jacket and long trousers but I wouldn't risk smart theatre attire. Standing area seems to accept last minute admissions.
Gareth R | May 26, 2018
What a historic venue! Went as a group and had the standing tickets for only £5. Made the experience really authentic. The artist were really good. The staff were very professional and courteous. Performances are about 2.5 to 3hrs long with an interval. A real privilege to experience Shakespeare in an actual Tudor globe theatre. Fab!
Garry The Digger | Jul 7, 2018
A must see in London. The tours are great and on the cheaper side in London. The tour guides are friendly and humorous. The building itself was magnificent and definitely a cool place to see. Also there's a museum of it which was also quite interesting and informative about the history of theatre in London and Shakespeare. However, it is pretty hard to go and see a play. If you wish to do so, you'll need to book months in advanced as plays are extremely popular.
DARREN BRAMLEY | Jul 11, 2018
Unique theatre with a unrivalled experience. No other theatre engages the audience quite like it. Lovely experience, the wooden seats are hard going for the duration of the performance. Seat cushion hire is a must (if you suffer normally, is consider hiring two cushions). Intermission drinks can be ordered in advance (if not you can only pay with cash at the break), that said the way the reserved drinks are handed out means it's quicker to take cash and buy your beverage from the bar or mobile vendor.
Ceecee Lemon | Jul 8, 2018
This was unfortunately my least favourite visit in London. The 17£ guided tour includes admission to the exhibit. It was ok. The most interesting sections were how people achieved special effects in the old days and the costumes. The guided tour was suboptimal because the surrounding area was so noisy it was difficult to hear the tour guide. There was a play rehearsal at the time so we were able to watch part of that (in silence). The theater is truly beautiful, but the tour isn't worth the fee. Purchasing tickets to an actual play would be a better way to see the globe.
Aaron Tinkham | Jul 2, 2018
We enjoyed the play. I recommend getting a seat if you don't want to stand for the entire play. Our seats were in the very back on the ground level which was nice because we had back support. The seats also had a slight obstruction with a pole which we knew about when we purchased the seats but it didn't bother us as it was pretty minor and we would just lean if we needed to see that part of the stage. While it's not a Broadway show and I'm not a Shakespeare expert by any means, it was fun to see what a play would have been like centuries ago.
Mark Raymond | Aug 8, 2018
I attended the Globe to see The Winters Tale. The whole experience was excellent. The cafe inside the entrance was good value. The ticket for the standing area was only £5! The view in this area was superb. The play had really well known actors who entertained the full theatre. It has a unique atmosphere. The plays come to life in the authentic setting. The only drawback was the occasional plane flying overhead. Ideal place to visit in the summer and great value.
Introspective Dreamer | Aug 5, 2018
The Globe never disappoints. Visited yesterday to see Othello, which was a superb production. Thanks to all cast and all involved for their passion and energy, especially in this heatwave. Had a terrific time. One tip for the volunteer who squeezed and grabbed my shoulder to ensure my plastic drink glass was in a safe place: no need to squeeze so hard, just a gentle whisper in the ear to alert is sufficient....but thanks to all for a great time. Hope to visit again soon...
David Brown | Jul 23, 2018
Wonderful place to visit. Do the backstage tours and visit the museum. Go for the grounding tickets - very cheap and if you get in the queue early on you can lean on the stage and be inches away from the actors. Some of the best productions in town and highly interactive with the audience. Closest thing to attending Elizabethan theatre you will ever experience. The restaurant and pub attached are also pretty good. Highly recommended.
Jon Boston | Aug 11, 2018
A very enjoyable venue, which transports you back in time to the 17th century. Three floors of seating surround a central standing area, and there is a good view of the stage from all except a handful of seats immediately to each side of the stage. There is no amplification, but the sound carries extremely well. I was on the top floor and had no problem hearing. The seated area have quite narrow wooden benches, and for a nominal fee you can rent a cushion - I highly recommend that option!
Kevin Holmes | Jul 27, 2018
3 story Elizabethan building in the 'black and white' style in a semi circle with the stage towards the front seated tiers are roofed in with thatch but the standing area isn't so if it rains you get wet. The seats are wooden and narrow as they would have been during Shakespeare's time so my advice is to rent a cushion from the theatre as you'll be sitting for around 3 hours. There's a cafe and bar area on the terrace and in the foyer. But all of this is secondary to the actual plays. Go for the atmosphere and the acting.
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