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Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Shakespeare’s Globe

Bankside, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9DT

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About The Shakespeare’s Globe

Situated on the bank of the River Thames alongside Bankside’s Cultural Quarter, Shakespeare’s Globe is the place to be for productions of the Bard’s work, welcoming thousands of visitors to experience internationally renowned Shakespeare productions every day.

The original Globe Theatre opened in 1599. A short walk from the National Theatre, a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s theatre now stands just a stone’s throw away from where the original once stood.

Shakespeare’s Globe also contains the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a magical candlelit indoor theatre located on the Globe site and accessed through the main foyer.

Steeped in historic legacy, Shakespeare’s Globe perhaps looks much older than it is, but is in actual fact one of the newest of the theatres in the area; it was reconstructed in the 90s, founded by pioneering American actor/director Sam Wanamaker. In 1613, during a performance of Henry VIII, wadding from a stage cannon ignited the thatched roof and the original Globe was burnt to the ground. 400 years later, live cannons may no no longer used in theatres, but Shakespeare’s canon is being performed here in original performance conditions.

Its work is not just limited to staging his plays, but also acts as an international resource in the exploration of his work, offering numerous education programmes, seeking to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare.

Attendees can dine at the Swan, The Globe’s very own elegant restaurant, before enjoying Much Ado About Nothing or one of many other brilliantly produced shows. The Swan boasts great food and incredible views of the Thames and The City.

More Information

Parking:

Up to 2 disabled parking bays available outside theatre by special arrangement.

Bar:

2 bars: Foyer Café Bar and Swan Bar, both with views of the Thames.

Food:

Restaurant menu available throughout the day - dining on second floor of Swan Restaurant.

Air Conditioned:

Yes

Accepts Theatre Tokens:

Yes

Sound Amplification:

Induction Loop

Toilets:

Accessible toilets by Globe Door 1, next to first aid room on Piazza level, and on Lecture Theatre level - staff can assist.

Guide Dogs Policy:

Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium. Please inform the Box Office when booking and contact the house manager upon arrival. Please be aware thet the Yard can be very noisy and crowded and that certain productions contain loud sound effects such as cannon fire.

Wheelchairs:

1 space situated in the Stalls of the Globe Theatre; 3 spaces situated in the Circle. 2 spaces available in Sam Wanamaker's Playhouse.

Access from Street to Foyer:

Level access.

Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:

28 steps to Middle Gallery of Globe Theatre, 50 to Upper Gallery, lift to main theatre level. No steps to Stalls of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; 15 to Lower Circle, 35 to Upper Circle.

Level Access:

Level access to Globe Theatre and Stalls of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Lift access to all other levels of Playhouse.

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:

Lift to all levels.