An ode to one of the greatest legends of English Literature, Shakespeare’s Globe stands today as a performing arts theatre — a near-replica of the original Globe Theatre constructed centuries ago by Shakespeare’s acting company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The original Globe Theatre was constructed in 1599. But it saw numerous bouts of misfortune in its lifetime and even ended up being burnt to the ground in 1613. A second Globe Theatre came up at the same site in 1614 and was closed in 1642. Finally, the Shakespeare’s Globe was made by actor-director Sam Wanamaker in 1997, and this reconstruction stands about 230 metres from the site of the original theatre. This, too, was made in the historic open-air style, like the original.

1570 Seats

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Richard III
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Much Ado About Nothing
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About Shakespeare’s Globe

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  • The main theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, with a seating and standing capacity of approximately 1,570 people — 700 standing and the rest seated.
  • Seats are arranged in galleries surrounding the stage, allowing spectators and performers to view each other at all times.
  • Sam Wanamaker’s Playhouse provides an intimate setting for performances, especially during the winter season. It has 340 seats.

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  • Tube: The nearest tube station to Shakespeare's Globe is London Bridge, on the Northern Line, which is a 9-minute walk from the theatre. Blackfriars is a 10-minute walk from the theatre, and served by the District and Circle lines. 
  • Bus: The closest stop is Blackfriars Bridge bus stop served by bus routes 45, 63 and 100. Other nearby bus stops include Mansion House served by routes 11, 15, 17, 26 or route 76 to St. Paul’s Cathedral. 
  • Train: The closest train station is Blackfriars, a ten-minute walk from the theatre. Step out from the South Bank exit. 
  • Boat: The Bankside Pier is a mere 10-meter walk from the theatre. It is served every 20 minutes by the River Bus which operates late into the night as well.
  • Parking: Limited parking is available at the Globe on a first-come-first-serve basis for guests with special needs. Additionally, the closest car park is an NCP car park on Thames Exchange. The parking facility is available for 24 hours, all days of the week.

Frequently Asked Questions About Shakespeare's Globe

Where is Shakespeare’s Globe located?

Shakespeare’s Globe is located in the Bankside Cultural Quarter, on the banks of River Thames in London.

How can I reach Shakespeare’s Globe?

Shakespeare’s Globe is easily accessible by all forms of public transport, the easiest being by ferry or boat, as the bankside is a mere 10-meter distance away.

What are the different types of shows and productions that are staged at the Shakespeare’s Globe?

The theatre is primarily dedicated to staging a variety of Shakespeare’s performances, however lately the venue also stages musicals and other acts.

What are the seating options available at Shakespeare’s Globe?

Shakespeare’s Globe outdoor theatre has space for over 700 standing audiences, and more than 800 seated audiences. The indoor theatre is a seated theatre for around 340 people.

Is Shakespeare’s Globe accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes, both the Shakespeare’s Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse have made their performances accessible to those with motor, audio, visual and other stimulatory disabilities. There is wheelchair access, adapted toilets, lifts, guide dog allowance and many more access facilities.

How much do the Shakespeare’s Globe tickets cost?

Ticket prices depend on the show you wish to watch and its timings at the Shakespeare’s Globe.

Are there any dining options available near Shakespeare’s Globe?

Shakespeare’s Globe has an in-house restaurant and bar called Swan. Apart from this, there are numerous dining options around the theatre. Anchor and Zizi are also popular options.

What are some of the things to do or attractions to explore near Shakespeare’s Globe?

Do visit Tate Modern, London’s famous art gallery, which is a stone’s throw from Shakespeare’s Globe. You could also pay a visit to the Millenium Bridge. Clink Prison Museum, Borough Market and St. Paul's Cathedral are also nearby.

Where can I book my Shakespeare’s Globe tickets?

You can book your tickets to shows playing at Shakespeare's Globe online at London Theatre Tickets. You will get the best deals and discounts and all the information you need at your fingertips.

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