Discover the life and times of the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, at the historic open-air Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an open-air playhouse is a reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse, where the great Bard penned and performed many of his iconic plays. The Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre tour takes visitors on a journey through the life and times of William Shakespeare as well as the epic struggle Sam Wanamaker underwent when recreating the reconstructed theatre from the 1599 original.

Located in Bankside along the River Thames, the first Globe Theatre was originally built in 1599 but burned down in 1613, it was then rebuilt in 1614 but demolished in 1644. In 1997, the reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe theatre was opened metres away from the original site after extensive planning and construction pioneered by actor and director Sam Wanamaker.

From temporary and permanent exhibitions and the iconic open-air stage to the intimate indoor Sam Wanamaker Theatre and more, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre offers a behind-the-scenes look at history’s most famous playwright and the world of theatre!

Highlights

  • Faithful reconstruction of the original 1599 Globe Theatre
  • Authentic 16th century style timber-framed structure and open-air stage
  • No spotlights, microphones or speakers to maintain authentic Shakespearean performances.

Did You Know

  • The two big pillars on the stage are one oak tree each - builders had to research and measure a lot of trees to find the right dimensions
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre holds 1,500 people, which is approximately half the number of the original Globe Theatre
  • William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets during his lifetime, which works out to an average of 1.5 plays a year as he started writing in 1589
  • Shakespeare had a curse inscribed upon his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon to discourage potential grave robbers from digging up his remains
  • The original Globe theatre burnt down in 1613 because of a miss-fired cannon during a Henry VIII performance. The only casualty was a man whose breeches had to be put out with a bottle of ale.

Don't Miss

Exhibitions
Shakespeare's Globe host a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Among these include Reconstructing the Globe: Research, Craft & Materials, which marks the 20th anniversary of Shakespeare's Globe with a special display of mateirals related to the reconstruction of the theatre.

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Adjacent to Shakespeare's Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a Jacobean-era style  jewel box indoor theatre that stages performances throughout the year. 

Open-air Stage
To maintain a true sense and authenticity of a Shakespearean performance, the Globe's iconic open-air stage does not have spotlights, microphones or speakers. Staging, props and music are authentic, with seating consisting of wooden benches or standing-only space in the Yard.

Using Your London Explorer Pass

Present your pass at the admissions desks at the main entrance.

Please note: We recommend you plan your tour early and beat the crowds, between 09.00 and 10.30, for a better experience.

How to Get There

London Underground
Southwark (Jubilee line)
Mansion House (District & Circle lines)
St. Paul's (Central line)

National Rail Network
London Bridge
Cannon Bridge
Blackfriars 

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for the Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Check with venue for seasonal opening times.
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March - October
Monday 09.00 - 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)

Closed:

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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Address:

21 New Globe Walk Londra, SE1 9DT

Telephone:

020 7902 1500