Shakespeare's Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the open air playhouse designed in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and wrote most of his greatest plays. It is also home to new indoor Jacobean theatre, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Globe's theatre season runs all year round - outside from April - October and inside from November - March.
Shakespeare's Globe also houses the biggest exhibition of it’s kind devoted to the world of Shakespeare from Elizabethan times to the present, situated beneath the Globe theatre itself. Explore Bankside, the Soho of Elizabethan London, follow Sam Wanamaker’s struggle to recreate an authentic Globe for the 20th century and take a fascinating tour of today’s working theatre. Tickets for performances vary, so check on the Shakespeare’s Globe website.
If you're visiting this Easter, take a tour of the theatre and explore Shakespeare's London with a new family audio guide in the Exhibition. See full details.
Bankside was once home to the great William Shakespeare and saw him create some of his most famous works. This April will mark the playwright's 400th anniversary, so what better way to celebrate his legacy than with a month long programme of specially commissioned events.
Take a look below to see the celebrations taking place at Shakespeare's Globe.
The Complete Walk: 37 plays, 37 films, 37 screens
Over the weekend of 23 – 24 April 2016, the banks of the Thames will come alive with an extraordinary celebration as Shakespeare’s Globe invites the world to join The Complete Walk. This will be an interactive journey through Shakespeare's life and works by resurrecting 37 screens along a 2.5 mile route between Westminster and Tower Bridge. These screens will play a series of specially-made short films.
At the heart of each film, some of the world's finest actors will perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, shot in the places hovering in his imagination when he wrote them. Visitors can expect to see some famous faces playing Cleopatra in front of the Pyramids, Shylock in Venice’s Jewish ghetto and Hamlet standing on the rocks of Elsinore.
The Complete Walk will form a centrepiece of London’s celebration of Shakespeare’s life and work. A downloadable route map will be available closer to the time.
Performances of Hamlet (currently sold out)
The Globe's unprecedented world tour of Hamlet returns home for a weekend of celebratory final performances between 23 - 24 April. Tickets are currently sold out but more are due to be released in the weeks before the performance. Keep an eye out here.
1616: A Momentous Year
Shakespeare's death wasn’t the only significant theatrical event of 1616, which saw the deaths of theatre impresario Philip Henslowe, playwright Francis Beaumont and Spain’s Cervantes and the Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu. The Globe will celebrate these theatrical greats with a year-long programme of performances, exhibitions, talks and even puppet shows. Find out more information here.