Shakespeare’s Globe

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Shakespeare’s Globe information

London , England
21 New Globe Walk
+44 20 7401 9919
Getting there
Tube: Blackfriars, London Bridge
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seats £10-43, standing £5
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If you love Shakespeare and the theatre, the Globe will knock you off your feet. This authentic Shakespearean theatre is a wooden O without a roof over the central stage area, and although there are covered wooden bench seats in tiers around the stage, many people (there’s room for 700) do as 17th-century ‘groundlings’ did, standing in front of the stage.

The theatre season runs from late April to mid-October and includes works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries such as Christopher Marlowe.

Because the building is quite open to the elements, you may have to wrap up. No umbrellas are allowed, but cheap raincoats are on sale. A warning: two pillars holding up the stage canopy (the so-called Heavens) obscure much of the view in section D; you’d almost do better to stand.

If you don't like the idea of standing in the rain or sitting in the cold, opt for a indoor candle-lit play in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse , a Jacobean theatre similar to the one Shakespeare would have used in winter. The programming also includes opera.