It’s a venue which needs no introduction. Home to some of the greatest plays ever written and the most world-renowned and revolutionary writer, Shakespeare’s Globe is a must-visit…
Iconically nestled on the south bank of the River Thames, the reconstructed open-air playhouse – the original model unfortunately burned down in 1613 – transports audiences back to Elizabethan England, with its ‘wooden ‘O’, half-timbered-style architecture and award-winning Shakespearean performances. From a contemporary take on Richard III, to exclusive guided tours of the Globe, explore the world of William Shakespeare with our guide to London’s most iconic theatre…
What’s On at The Globe?
Based on the late 16th Century Shakespearean play, Henry VI follows the turbulent rule of the former King of England and the political turmoil which ensued with the historic War of the Roses. Be warned: in true Shakespearen style, the play is 3 hours and 15 minutes long, but does include two intervals. We recommend booking seats. 7 – 26 January. Standing tickets £10, seated £20, shakespearesglobe.com
Deemed one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays (and apparently having ‘heavily influenced’ Game of Thrones), Richard III is given a contemporary twist in this enthralling Globe Theatre production – namely that the King is being played by a woman, actress Sophie Russell. Witness the short-term tempestuous rule of Richard III in a whole new light. Until 26 January. Standing tickets £10, seated £20, shakespearesglobe.com
From award-winning playwright Ella Hickson and director Natalie Abrahami comes a brand new play following the reign of the high-powered ‘Virgin Queen’, Elizabeth I. An exploration of female power and ‘patriarchal pressure’, this is a play set deeply in the past, but which very much appeals to the present. Until 15 February. Standing tickets £10, seated £20, shakespearesglobe.com
Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves
20 female and non-binary writers are taking to the Globe in an extraordinary ‘cacophony of forgotten voices’. Featuring the likes of Sandi Toksvig, Stella Duffy and playwright Winsome Pinnock, Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves sheds light on the women whose histories have been past misinterpreted. 29 January – 19 February. Standing tickets £10, seated £20, shakespearesglobe.com
Globe Theatre Guided Tour
Whether you’re a Shakespeare enthusiast, or simply love immersing yourself in a bit of British literary history, head to the South Bank for a guided tour of the Globe. Escorted by an expert, you’ll learn about the theatre’s 16th Century beginnings – from the Elizabethan construction to the costumes, accompaniment and makeup – and how it was masterfully replicated in the 1990s. Standard tickets cost £17 for a 40 minute tour. Book via shakespearesglobe.com
Half Term Tales at The Globe
If you think the little ones are too young to enjoy Shakespeare, think again. Head to the Globe this coming Half Term with the whole family – even children as young as five – for a series of Shakespeare-inspired workshops and events, from storytelling sessions to author visits. Workshops from £7. Visit shakespearesglobe.com to book.
The Taming of the Shrew
One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, The Taming of the Shrew returns to The Globe this February, where the enthralling quest to find husbands for Katharina and Bianca, daughters of the wealthy Lord Baptista Minola in Padua, begins. Expect live music, raucous laughter and one-of-a-kind settings in the Jacobean-style Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 1 Feb – 18 April, shakespearesglobe.com