The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is an indoor theatre constructed in remembrance of other 17th-century indoor theatres that were contemporary to William Shakespeare. It is located within the Shakespeare’s Globe complex, on the southern bank of the River Thames. The Playhouse is known to put on numerous plays dedicated to the maestro of drama, Shakespeare, and is named after the American actor who was the driving force behind the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe. This Jacobean-style theatre is an intimate, flexible space that gives visitors a taste of the theatre scene during Shakespeare’s time but also provides all the latest amenities.

340 Seats

Wheelchair Accessible

Accessible Toilets

Hearing Assistance


Air Conditioning


Guide Dogs

About Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Seating Plan
Popular Productions
  • The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has a seating capacity of around 340 members of audience.
  • The seating is intimate and spread over 3 major sections — Pit, Lower Gallery and Upper Gallery. 
  • Additionally, a small gallery behind the stage is sometimes available for sale while the back two rows of the Upper Gallery have standing spaces.
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Know Before You Go

Getting There
Tips & Guidelines
Nearby Restaurants
  • Tube: The nearest tube station to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is London Bridge on the Northern Line, which is a 9-minute walk to the theatre. 
  • Bus: The closest stop is Blackfriars Bridge, served by lines 45, 63 and 100. 
  • Train: The closest train station is Blackfriars, a ten-minute walk from the theatre. 
  • Boat: You can disembark at the Bankside Pier, which is a mere 10 meters from the theatre. The River Bus operates frequently. 
  • Parking: Limited on-site parking is only available to blue-badge holders. For other visitors, the  NCP car park on Thames Exchange is the closest car park available. 
  • Recommended Mode of Transport: The tube is the easiest mode of public transportation to reach the theatre. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Where is Sam Wanamaker Playhouse located?

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is located on the banks of River Thames in London, in the Shakespeare's Globe complex.

How can I reach Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London?

.Sam Wanamaker Playhouse London is easily accessible by all forms of public transport, the easiest being the tube, as the station is quite close to the venue.

What are the different types of shows and productions that are staged at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?

The theatre is primarily dedicated to staging performances based on Shakespeare’s plays, however, lately the venue also stages musicals and other acts. Some notable productions are the White Devil, Deep Night Dark Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet, among others.

What are the seating options available at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has a seating capacity of around 340 across 3 sections — Pit, Lower Gallery and Upper Gallery. A small gallery behind the stage is sometimes available.

Is Sam Wanamaker Playhouse accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes, the theatre has made its performances accessible to those with motor, audio, visual and other stimulatory challenges. It offers facilities like access performances, elevators, wheelchair seats and more to patrons.

How much do the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse tickets cost?

The price of the tickets depends on the show that you choose to watch and the timing of the same at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Where can I book my Sam Wanamaker Playhouse tickets?

You can book your tickets to shows playing at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse online at London Theatre Tickets. You will get the best deals and discounts and all the information you need at your fingertips.

Are there any dining options available near Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?

There are many spots the eat near the Playhouse. Some of them include the Swan, Zizi and Anchor Bankside.

What are some of the things to do or attractions to explore near the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse?

There are quite a few attractions near the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse that you can explore before you go for a show. Pay a visit to the Tate Modern Museum which is one of London’s most famous art galleries, which happens to be a stone’s throw from Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Millenium Bridge is another landmark that you could visit, close to the Playhouse.

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