Visit the reconstruction of Shakespeare's historic 16th century playhouse and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the open-air Globe Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an open-air playhouse built as a reconstruction of the building where the great playwright penned many of his plays. The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition introduces visitors to all aspects of the Globe, historical and contrmporary, including Sam Wanamaker's epic struggle to recreate the theatre from the 1599 original.

On select dates this Summer, Shakespeare’s Globe is offering special access to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.  Take a 30-minute guided tours of their enchanting jewel box indoor theatre. Discover the impact on Shakespeare’s writing in his late plays, the role of music, how the intricate details of this theatre were painstakingly researched from contemporary Tudor and Jacobean buildings such as Hatfield House, and wonder at the remarkable craftsmanship. 
30 September
Tour departure times – 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.00pm and 4.30pm
Includes – Tour of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and entrance to the exhibition, which includes a complimentary audio guide
Length of visit – 1hr30mins

Highlights:

  • Reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse built In 1599
  • Authentic timber frame building with an open-air stage
  • To maintain the true sense of a Shakespearean play and experience, there are no spotlights, microphones, speakers or amplification and all music is performed live on period instruments

Did you know:

  • Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets during his lifetime – this works out as an average 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589
  • As well as being a playwright, Shakespeare was an accomplished actor, family man, property owner and manager of an acting company and theatre
  • The original theatre burnt down in 1613 because of a miss-fired cannon during a Henry VIII performance
  • His plays are associated with the Elizabethan times, yet most of his popular works were written in the Jacobean era
  • Although he was a famous playwright in London, in his hometown of Stratford he was a well-known businessman and property owner
  • At his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon, he put a curse on his epitaph daring anyone to move his bones to give way for more grave space, as was common at the time

Don't miss:

Exhibitions

There are a number of temporary and permanent exhibitions and galleries at the Globe throughout the year. Among these include ‘The Festival in Focus’, photographs of over 600s performers captured on stage, audience reactions and behind the scenes stories. Created by a group of leading theatre photographers it is an honest and insightful portfolio of the diverse and vibrant performances at the Globe.

Open air stage

The stage is open to the elements which can make drizzly performances in the summer even more exciting (no umbrellas allowed!) With a lack of spotlights, microphones and speakers you are encouraged to interact with the actors through realistic staging and authentic props. The seating consists of covered wooden benches and the yard is standing only.

Sam Wanamaker Theatre

The Sam Wanamaker Theatre is the site’s indoor Jacobean theatre, a simulacrum of the 16th century Blackfriars Theatre, on the opposite bank of the Thames. Having recently opened, it has a packed all-year-round programme including productions of Julius Caesar, Anthony & Cleopatra, A Bach Family Celebration and many more exhibitions and events.

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Tour sheets available in multiple languages: Chinese simplified, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Czech, German, Italian and Welsh

Please check Closure & Notices for changes to opening hours and closure dates

Note: We recommend you plan your tour early and beat the crowds, between 09.00 and 10.30, for a better experience. Groups of 15+ must book in advance at this attraction, or they will be refused entry

Exhibition: Daily 09.00 – 17.00.
Globe Theatre Tours every half hour: Opening times are subject to change.

TOP TIP: While you're in the area, why not visit other attractions along the Thames and South Bank such as the HMS Belfast and the Tate Modern

How to get there:

- Southwark underground (jubilee line)
- Mansion House (district and circle lines)
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is situated in zone 1 of the London Transport Network so your travel will be included in your package if you opt for The London Pass with Oyster Travelcard

Make the most of your London Pass:

- With a London Pass you can experience this stunning theatre and tour completely free, saving you £15
- Explore the Southbank for great views over the river

 

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"We found that the things we wanted to see in London were covered by the London Pass. We heard of the London Pass when we were arranging our BritRail Pass and we investigated how much it would cost to see everything we wanted. We found the convenience of the pass and the cost far outweighed just showing up at the venues and lining up for tickets. We even went to a few venues we didn't have on our "must see" list. Great value...would purchase again & recommend it to others."
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Check with venue for seasonal opening times.
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March - October
Monday 09.30 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 16.30)
Tuesday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Wednesday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Thursday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Friday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 12.00)
Sunday 09.00 - 17.00 (Tours every 30 mins from 09.30 - 11.00)

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Address:

21 New Globe Walk Bankside London SE1 9DT

Telephone:

020 7902 1500