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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, England
Phone Number: 020 7902 1400
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Description: Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker...
Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education.Together, the Globe Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.
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Every year I book groundling (standing) tickets for every main season production at The Globe. For as long as I can remember the tickets have cost £5. What better value is there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Every year I book groundling (standing) tickets for every main season production at The Globe. For as long as I can remember the tickets have cost £5. What better value is there in town? The Globe is a fantastic reconstruction of the original thatched Bankside theatre and it lives and breathes Shakespeare. Some of the non Shakespearean productions are great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Took a tour of the Globe Theatre a few weeks ago while on vacation in London. Having never read Shakespeare,I wanted to see this theatre more for the history than for anything else. I was lucky enough to get Kristin for my tour guide. She was friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and you could tell she really has a love for this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

For £6 you can walk round this building and the wall plaques but you also get included in the price a audio guide which is really good, there was a play going on when we visited so we could not go into the actual theatre but it was well worth the visit.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The tour is informative but if you can, take in a production and get a rough sense of theatre-going in Shakespeare's era. Much more comfortable for us moderns! If you buy a seat, spend the extra £1 and rent a seat cushion. The seats are both hard wood and rather narrow.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I can't fault the acting or atmosphere. I really enjoyed my evening. Such a lovely building. The staff were helpful and friendly. However I was really uncomfortable in the seats and it became an endurance. having to pay for a cushion felt like a rip off and they didnt help anyway.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

When attending any production in the Globe Theatre, you feel transported back to Shakespeare's own time. You're surrounded by the theatre, enveloped in timber beams, thatched roof, and inner courtyard filled with groundlings. No sights or sounds from modern London intrude (except for the occasional anachronistic plane flying directly overhead). During last Friday's performance of Richard II, Charles Edwards was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you area fan of the Bard( and you should be) then you must visit here. You dont even have to see a play the venue in its self is thrilling and authentic. Well as authentic as it can be half a mile in the wrong place. I was lucky, we had seats for a play and I loved it,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely history filled visit to the globe, we got to watch the actors rehearsing which was interesting.The shop and the toilet facilities were fabulous. My only complaint is that the guide was a little patronising in the way she spoke down to the group, yes i appreciate everyone had to respect the rehearsals taking place and be quite but really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

So very interesting. Love the history..Australia has nothing like this. Also just beautiful sitting on the edge of the Thames in the summer sun

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went on a day with a rehearsal in progress. Great to see how it might have been for the actors. Great guide who was very experienced. Bit hard to locate from tube station but we enjoyed the looping walk.

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