Shakespeare's globe theatre, Bankside, London, UK Tourist Attractions and Travel

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, UK
Transport: by bus to reach London Bridge, Cannon Street Station
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 months from May to September 9:00-12:30,10-4
Tickets: 6 pounds

Shakespeare's globe theatre travel, Bankside tourism, London Tourist Attractions

Overlooking the Thames River, adjacent to the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art and opposite St. Paul's Cathedral, stands the newly reconstructed Globe Theatre. The new theater was founded by American actor Sam Wanamaker, who, on an early trip to London, was disappointed to find that the original Globe Theatre was not an active performance hall. He organized a trust, which worked to rebuild the theater and house performances there, to educate students about William Shakespeare and his plays, and to study the actors and architects of Shakespearean theater, including the backstage workers who built the sets and the audiences who came to view the performance. The building was completed in 1997, nearly four years after Wanamaker died.



Shakespeare's globe theatre, Bankside, London, UK


The open-air theater-in-the-round is a faithful reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre. A thatched roof shelters the outer perimeter of the hall; those sitting on the wooden benches (with no backs) are partially protected from rain and sun. Salzburg

The groundlings who stand in the middle of the theater, below the stage, are exposed to the elements. There is no heating or airconditioning. If it rains, the groundlings will probably get wet. But, the show will go on. Come prepared for the weather.



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Every theater season includes a variety of Shakespeare's plays, as well as offerings by other playwrights, both tried-and-true favorites and shows that have been newly-written for the Globe Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online through the Globe Theatre site. To reserve by telephone or fax, one can contact the box office Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., or Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Telephone: 020 7401 9919; Fax: 020 7902 1475; Minicom: 020 7902 1476; Seetickets: 020 7087 7398. The box office is located in the main foyer of the theater and is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (8 p.m. on performance days) and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (7 p.m. on performance days).



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Prices are £12-32, depending on visibility. In addition, 700 £5 standing tickets are available for each performance. Keep in mind that there is no sitting on the ground of the yard; a standing ticket is for standing only. You may not bring a folding chair to the yard. Some of the shows can last two-three hours. Be forewarned! There are no ticket exchanges or refunds.



Shakespeare's globe theatre travel


The atmosphere at the Globe Theatre is particularly casual. There is no dress code, and patrons wander in and out during the performance. Children are welcome.

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