Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an open-air playhouse built as a reconstruction of the building where the great playwright penned many of his plays.
The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition introduces visitors to all aspects of the Globe, historical and contemporary, including Sam Wannamaker's epic struggle to recreate the theatre from the 1599 original.
Look out for…
Reconstruction of the original Elizabethan playhouse built In 1599
Authentic timber frame building with an open-air stage
Did you know?…
Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets during his lifetime – this works out as an average 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589
As well as being a playwright, Shakespeare was an accomplished actor, family man, property owner and manager of an acting company and theatre
The original theatre burnt down in 1613 because of a miss-fired cannon during a Henry VIII performance
His plays are associated with the Elizabethan times, yet most of his popular works were written in the Jacobean era
Although he was a famous playwright in London, in his hometown of Stratford he was a well-known businessman and property owner
At his grave in Stratford-upon-Avon, he put a curse on his epitaph daring anyone to move his bones to give way for more grave space, as was common at the time
To maintain the true sense of a Shakespearean play and experience, there are no spotlights, microphones, speakers or amplification and all music is performed live on period instruments
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