Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition information and booking

1-2 hours
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Time of departure
Tours depart daily every 15 to 30 minutes (subject to change)March to OctoberMonday: 9.00am – 5.00pmTuesday – Saturday: 9.00am – 12.00pmSunday: 9.00am – 11.00amNovember to FebruaryMonday – Sunday: 9.00am – 5.00pmImportant note: rehearsals will also take place throughout the Theatre Season. Please note that access to the Globe Theatre may be restricted.
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Tour description provided by Viator

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 center of the capital packed with gambling dens, brothels, bear-baiting pits and theaters. 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 theaters 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 some of the most Shakespearean performances ever 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, where you can find out about the extraordinary methods used in creating 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 with their colourful tales of the 1599 theater experience as well as the reconstruction process of the 1990's and how the wooden 'o' works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.Afternoon Tea Upgrade OptionAfter your visit why not indulge yourself with a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea served at the Swan Restaurant at the Globe Theatre? Here you can enjoy stunning views of the River Thames while savouring a delicious Afternoon Tea, complete with a glass of prosecco, choice of teas, sandwiches and cakes (see sample menu in itinerary section below). If you would like to include the Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option, it is recommended that you arrive at 11:45am for your Exhibition and Tour visit to allow yourself enough time for the Exhibition, Tour and Afternoon Tea.

What's included

  • Entrance fee and all day access to exhibition
  • Guided tour of shakespeare's globe theatre (maximum 50 people)

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified