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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London: 82 reviews and 140 photos

for 8.50GPB (in 2005) you can have a 45 minute guided tour of Sam Wannamaker's beautifully resurrected Globe Theatre. The open air theatre has been rebuilt with careful consideration to every minute detail as it would have been in the 1500's, including the lime, sand and goats hair plaster, green oak beams and pine benches (softer for Elizabethan and 21st Century bums :)).

This is the only building in London, since the great fire in 1666, to have a thatched roof, an Act of Parliament was passed to allow this. The original theatre was built with a thatched roof but cannons fired for sound effects set the building on fire and it had to be rebuilt with a stone roof. Of course there IS no roof apart from the covering for the benches. The people who stand on the ground by the stage are open to the elements and performances do NOT stop because of bad weather...so bring suitable clothing.

FYI Shakespear in Love was not filmed here. The sky is not painted... it's the sky. And Shakespeare died in 16something...he does not frequent the restaurant.

There is of course an expensive gift shop where you can buy all things Shakespearean and also a Piazza Cafe where you can get a cup of tea and a cookie for too much.

Address: Bankside
Directions: South Bank - nearest underground is Mansion House or London Bridge
Phone: +44 20 7902 1400
Website: http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 23, 2007
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