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The Globe Theatre was famously the home of William Shakespeare’s acting company and the site where many of his greatest plays first found an audience. Today a historically-accurate replica is home to a company which performs both Shakespeare’s plays and those from his contemporaries, and visitors can enjoy a guided tour and a trip to an exhibition about the theater’s illustrious history. The site is extremely popular, so book ahead to make sure you can visit at your preferred time slot!
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4 tips for visiting the Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre Stage | Photo: Christine Borden - CC BY-SA 2.0
If you’re going to watch a play, bring an umbrella! The yard where the groundlings stand isn’t covered by the roof, and if it rains then the show still goes on. Dress for the weather and wear shoes you can stand in for long periods of time.
The London Pass
A tour of Shakespeare’s Globe is included in the London Pass, so if you’re planning on seeing several of London’s top attractions, including the Tower of London and the London Eye, then it’s a great deal. Just remember that the London Pass doesn’t let you skip the line at the Globe Theatre.
When you’re booking seats to watch a play (rather than book a groundling ticket and standing) then consider renting a cushion or bringing something soft to sit on - the authentic wooden benches can get uncomfortable after an hour or so!
If you’re looking for a special day out, why not combine your tour or trip to the theater with afternoon tea at The Swan? The restaurant is next to the theater and tea (which includes sandwiches, savory bites, scones, and sweet treats) is served from noon to 3 pm daily. The Midsummer Night’s Dream tea costs £28.50 if you buy it on the day. The Swan also has a pre-theater menu, it’s recommended to reserve in advance as it can be very busy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who was William Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare is widely considered the best writer in the English language, and the world’s best playwright. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and died there in 1616 after a prolific and successful career. He wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets, and 2 long narrative poems, plus several other incomplete verses, and his works are performed more often than those of any other playwright throughout the world. His significance extends beyond the study of literature and into psychology and linguistics, and we still use many of his phrases today, including ‘good riddance’, ‘star-crossed’, ‘salad days’, and the phrase to ‘eat someone out of house and home’. Some scholars believe that Shakespeare didn’t write the plays which were attributed to him since he only received a Grammar school education, but it’s generally agreed that he was a powerhouse of a writer, and his reputation hasn’t dimmed over the centuries. Read more.

What’s so special about the Globe Theatre?

The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, a playing company which counted William Shakespeare, the greatest English playwright of all time, as a member. Many of his most famous plays were debuted there, and the company had exclusive rights to perform his plays for many years. The original Globe was built out of the timber from another theater, imaginatively called The Theatre, which was stolen by the company after a dispute with the owner of the plot of land where it had been standing, their argument being that he might own the land but not the building on top. The first Globe Theatre burned down in 1613 after a cannon set fire to the wooden beams and thatching of the roof during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt the next year before being closed down for good by Puritans in 1642 and was demolished shortly after. Read more.

So this theater isn’t the real Globe Theatre?

The theater currently standing is a replica of the original, standing 229 m (750 ft) from the location of Shakespeare’s theater. The project was significantly influenced by Sam Wanamaker, who had the idea of building a faithful replica of the Globe Theatre back in 1949. In 1970, the Shakespeare's Globe Trust was founded to realize this project. Sam Wanamaker had the vision of building a version of the Globe Theatre that was as close as possible to the one that stood in Shakespeare's time. It was reconstructed using what little was known about the original Globe, descriptions of its predecessor, The Theatre, and information from excavations of other theaters which date to this time, such as the Rose Theatre. It’s built entirely out of English Oak, with mortise and tenon joints and no structural steel, and it’s also the only building in London to have been allowed to build a thatched roof since the Great Fire of London in 1666. Special dispensation was given provided that the thatch was protected by fire retardants and sprinklers. Originally the theater’s productions didn’t use spotlights or microphones, to better recreate a Shakespearian experience, but this rule has recently been relaxed in some performances. Read more.

Does the theater only show plays by Shakespeare?

The majority of the performances at the Globe Theatre are of plays by Shakespeare. However, there are other plays on offer throughout the year! The theater has a series called Read Not Dead, which focuses on plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries from the 16th and early 17th centuries, most of which are rarely performed. There are also occasional runs of modern plays, usually set in the time of Shakespeare, look out for them at the Globe Theatre’s website. Read more.

What will we see on a tour?

The standard tour takes 40 minutes and is presented in English (though information sheets are available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese). It includes a tour of the auditorium, including the seating and groundlings’ yard. The theater is an accurate reproduction of Shakespeare’s Globe, which wouldn’t have had a separate backstage area, so there isn’t one to visit. You’ll also get access to the exhibition area which will give you some more historical context about the theater and London’s history, and there may also be demonstrations of historical costumes and stage fighting. Tours may coincide with rehearsals on the stage, which visitors are welcome to watch as long as they don’t take photographs and follow the guide’s instructions so as not to disturb the actors. Read more.

Is it suitable for children?

A tour of the Globe Theatre and a trip to the exhibition space is suitable for children who are old enough to understand some of the history. There’s even a specially adapted version of the tour for families, and the guides will make sure that young children get to learn as well as enjoying their trip. Look out for special storytelling events for the over 5’s, during which storytellers adapt Shakespeare’s plays in a way that children will enjoy taking part in. As far as attending plays goes, children are welcome to attend, but parents should bear in mind the content of the particular play in question, and note that if you’re intending to book groundling tickets, children will have to stand or be held throughout the performance. Strollers aren’t allowed into the auditorium. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The box office is open from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Theater tours depart every 30 minutes daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Tour times may vary depending on the performance schedule.


Tickets for performances start at £5 for standing places in the yard, then vary in price depending on the performance and your chosen seats. Tickets for a tour of the theater cost £17 for adults, £15.50 for visitors aged 60 and over, £13.50 for students aged 16 and over, and £10 for children.


Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk
London SE1 9DT

how to get there

The Globe Theatre is easy to reach by walking along the South Bank of the River Thames. The theater is a 10-minute walk away from Blackfriars or Mansion House stations (both on the District and Circle lines), a 15-minute walk away from London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines), Southwark (Jubilee line), and St Paul’s (Central line). The closest train stations are Blackfriars, London Bridge, London Cannon Street, and Waterloo. Several buses stop close to the Theatre, including numbers 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 45, 63, 76, 100, 344, 381, and RV1. Limited parking is available on New Globe Walk for Blue Badge holders only.
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