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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

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Key Highlights

  • Discover how costumes and special effects where used in Shakespeare’s time
  • Step back in history and see the theatre as it was in Elizabethan times
  • Storytellers bring the Globe to vivid life
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is open all year

    Duration

    Your ticket is valid for 1 entry. You may stay as long as you wish during the opening hours.

    Start time

    Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm and the theatre tours take place in the morning. Your ticket is valid for 1 entry.You may stay as long as you wish during the opening hours.

    Meeting Point

    Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is located at 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT.
    The closest tube stations are Mansion House, Blackfriars & Cannon Street (District and Circle lines); London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines); Southwark (Jubilee Line); St Paul’s & Bank (Central line) - all within 15 minute walks of the theatre.

    Ending Point

    same as starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed beneath 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.

    Visit the exciting and often dangerous world of Elizabethan London where in 1599, Bankside was the entertainment centre of the capital packed with gambling dens, brothels, bear-baiting pits and theatres. Ordinary people flocked to see Shakespeare's plays and they laughed, cried, shouted abuse at the actors, ate and drank during the performances.

    As a visitor to the Exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theatres of Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Learn about the traditional crafts and techniques used during the process of rebuilding the Globe and find out how special effects were produced in Shakespeare's time - from thunder and lightning to flying on stage and realistic blood and gore. Listen to recordings from performances or join the cast and add your own voice to a scene recorded by Globe actors. Create your own Shakespearean phrases in the word jungle, watch a sword-fighting display and browse the costume collection. Find out about the unusual methods used to create clothes 400 years ago.

    A visit to the Exhibition includes a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium. Journey through time to Elizabethan London and hear colourful tales of the 1599 theatre experience as well learning about the reconstruction process of the 1990's and how the wooden circle works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and access to the Exhibition
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Immediately on booking you will be emailed a receipt for your purchase. We will follow this up with your booking voucher within 48 hours of receiving your booking. You can redeem this voucher for entrance at the venue.

    As Shakespeare’s Globe is a working theatre access to certain areas may be restricted during rehearsals. You are advised to call the venue on +44 (0)207 902 100 for up to date opening information.

  • Reviews
    • Globe Tour

      Really Interesting...

      Richard A Lantry
    • Can't Miss This

      This is a great tour. The guides are entertaining and give a real history of the theatre. Check the times the tours are for the day offered before you go. I have done this tour...

      Cathy L Whittaker
    • Great time at the Globe!

      This was a fun and educational tour of the Globe. The guided tour was complete and informative. Booking this tour from the U.S. couldn't have been easier! Gaining entrance at the...

      Jamie S Ratti