Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Take a step back in time with a visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Entrance to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Entrance to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre cc licensed photo by Tom Bastin

The present day theatre is a faithful replica of the original which was constructed by the banks of the Thames River in 1599, only to be burnt down during an accidental fire in 1613. It was rebuilt the next year but was destroyed again in 1644 due to opposition from the Puritans.

Opening in 1997, it is located just a short distance from the original site on the edge of the Thames River. The theatre has been recreated completely form English oak using construction methods similar to those of the original. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is open to the outdoors with only the spectator seating and stage areas being under cover.

Plays are held at the theatre from May until the beginning of October, however tours are available year round. The plays are performed without the use of electronic sound amplification, with all of the music being live.

Under a new program called Globe on Screen, many of the plays are filmed in high definition and subsequently shown at cinemas throughout the UK and several other countries.

For more information about the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre as well as shows and schedules visit their official website.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Varies by show. See the official website for details.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, UK

Phone: 020 7401 9919

Official Website: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The Globe is smaller than we expected but it makes for an intimate theatre. There are standing tickets but if you are surrounded by tall people you could find it hard to see - also remember there is no roof over the standing area. We had a bench just off centre in the middle gallery and the view was brilliant, glad we hired cushions and had warm layers on. The play was fantastic, very impressive.
Lee Willshire - a month ago

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5 Star Rating THIS IS THE BEST THING YOU COULD DO IN LONDON!!! Seriously it was AMAZING!! It is extremely affordable! The acting is incredible! And the atmosphere is spectacular! YOU MUST DO THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE!!!
Lisa Jenkins - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Been on my bucket list to go and today I finally went. Bigger than I thought, sat in the upper gallery in front row and had perfect view. Stairs are a bit of a climb .. all amenities on lower floor (I didn't use them personally today) so do everything before going up!! Great performance, rain held off too, which I was extremely pleased about, but you would be part covered (depending on which way wind is blowing!!!), we didn't buy cushions, seating was a little tight, but I'm mot sure cushions entirely needed, so an amazing experience for me today... would definitely go again.
Janine Bohdjalian - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Fabulous! Booked to see Hansel and Gretal. Not what we expected, a more alternative production, but very funny! It was our first time going there(I have always wanted to go to see a production there), so it's very worthwhile. We were lucky to see two television actresses, but all the actors were truly good, and we thoroughly enjoyed the production. Remember, during the colder months, this is an outside theatre. Take a light blanket and wrap up warm!!! You can rent cushions to sit on for £3, but be aware it is wooden seating. The theatre itself is a real work of art! You can walk in on the day and pay for cheap tickets, but you will be standing during the whole production. They sometimes use the standing area to move around sets. Very fun, but just be aware. Nice outside cafe, good hot drinks and there is also a restaurant/cafe indoors in the new building to sit down and eat. Great little shop, but it's expensive, a tourist hotspot . There are a few bits of costume/props from different productions on display (They could really set up a larger permanent costume display, I think it would be interesting. My little one loved the few bits that they had displayed! He found it very interesting). All in all, a good afternoon out. Lovely views of the Thames and St. Paul's. Loads of places to eat out and Borough Market on the doorstep, what's not to love!
Denyse “DeniMP” Mohan - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Excellent experience and tour. It’s a part of the London Pass and is full of incredible history. A must do if you’re in London.
Laura W - in the last week

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
District and Circle LinesMansion House10 Minutes
Northern and Jubilee LinesLondon Bridge10 MInutes
Central LineSt. Pauls12 Minutes

How to get to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre by Tube

From Mansion House Station exit onto Cannon Street and follow it to your left (west) continuing onto Queen Victoia Street until you get to Peter's Hill. Go left on Peter's Hill and walk across the Millenium pedistrian bridge. The Globe Theatre is right at the far end of the bridge on the Southbank.

From St. Paul's Station exit onto Cheapside and go right (south). Bear right onto New Change to Cannon Street. Cross Cannon and continue on Distaff Lane, then right on Queen Victoria Street and left on Peter Hill and walk across the Millenium pedistrian bridge.

From London Bridge Station exit onto Borough High/Southwark Street and go to your left, then stay right on Southwark Street, then right on Stoney Street, then left on Park Street, then left on Park Street (yes Park Street has a turn in it) then right on New Globe Walk.

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