7 reasons to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

On a warm summers day Mr S and I strolled along Bankside to my all time favourite theatre – The Globe. Even on my fourth visit the building never fails to impress me. This time my eyes and ears would be feasting on Iqbal Khan’s production of Macbeth, a Scottish fable where in a nutshell – crime doesn’t pay.

The power of watching Shakespeare in its near original surroundings is phenomenal. Reading Shakespeare is completely different from seeing it performed. Scrap your memories of being forced to read the Bard’s work in your youth and experience the plays with fresh eyes and ears. Every year two hundred and fifty million people visit The Globe. Here are my 7 reasons why you should make yourself one of those visitors.

1. The visionary

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The latest incarnation of Shakespeare’s Globe was founded by Sam Wanamaker an American actor and director. Construction began in 1993 and completed in 1997. Unfortunately Sam Wanamaker never got to see its glory, but you on the other hand can go and experience its magnificence. Not only a venue for Shakespeare’s works you can also enjoy a tour and exhibition on site.

2. The price

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

The Globe’s ticket prices are lower than most theatres in the city. This is a place where the cheapest tickets really are the best. The groundlings or standing tickets are a mere £5. Here you’ll be closest to all the action and maybe even lucky enough to stand beside a cast member whilst performing. Be warned though the performances are usually three hours long – leg and backache is a given. Speaking from experience sitting on a wooden pew for that length of time will also be testing.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Cushions are available for £1, which only delay the onslaught of bottom pain in my opinion – utterly worth it though!

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

3. Faithful to days of yonder

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

All the productions at The Globe honour the traditions of four hundred years ago with music and sound effects being performed live. Being an open air venue the show goes on come rain or shine. No different to Shakespearian times, apart from the fact you can now buy disposable raincoats if the fickle British weather doesn’t play ball. One big change is the number of people The Globe holds. Today it fits half the number of the original Globe – 1,500. Safety regulations and people’s reluctance to squeeze in like sardines to blame.

4. Authentic

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In 1613 the original Globe Theatre was burnt to the ground during a performance of Henry VIII. The thatched roof and wooden beams caught fire from a theatrical misfired cannon and amazingly there were no fatalities.

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Today’s Globe Theatre is made from more than a 1000 oak trees all from our very own English forests. There are 6000 bundles of reeds in the thatch roof from Norfolk and the goats lent a helping hand too with their hair in the plaster mixture. Even the foundation bricks are copies from an actual tudor brick!

5. Written in the stars

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The Globe’s dimensions were dictated by the movement of the planets during the reign of Elizabeth I (1533-1603).

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And you may be surprised to now it’s not a circle, but in fact an icosagon commonly known as a 20-sided polygon.

6. Drama, Drama

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With so many of the audience standing, there is inevitably the occasional fainter during performances in the heat. In 2006 Lucy Bailey’s production of Titus Andronicus was so gruesome and gory they had a record breaking 15 fainters! Be that a lesson and remember your water bottle or prosecco ice pop in warmer climes!

7. Lets dance

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At the end of every performance there is no bowing. Instead they jig. It’s quite a sight watching the whole cast dancing faster and faster whilst the audience clap in time. A brilliant way to end an evening

Even if you don’t have a chance to see a production, seeing the beautiful building and experiencing the tours and exhibition is a wonderful day out.

Have you been to The Globe? Which Shakespearian play would you love to see? Let me know in the comments box below.

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18 Comments

  1. 15th August 2016 / 10:39 am

    Visiting The Globe is absolutely on my bucket list! I’m so jealous of your experience. Your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      16th August 2016 / 8:17 pm

      You’ll love it Amanda x

  2. 15th August 2016 / 2:44 pm

    Very cool! I would love to visit. I still love the movie Shakepeare in Love!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      16th August 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Me too Linda, I could watch it on repeat.

  3. 15th August 2016 / 3:01 pm

    How did I not even know this place existed! We will def be visiting if we get the chance. Amazing…

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      16th August 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Now you know…it will have to go on your bucket list Ruthie x

  4. 15th August 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Brilliant, nothing is more English than the Globe Theatre.

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      16th August 2016 / 8:20 pm

      You’re right Katie. I love the place!

  5. 15th August 2016 / 10:40 pm

    How fun! I wanted to do this on our trip to London a couple years ago but we ran out of time. Hopefully next time!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      16th August 2016 / 8:21 pm

      You’ll def have to make it next time Rachel x

  6. Maggie
    16th August 2016 / 9:16 am

    This is literally right next door to my office! I hated Shakespeare at school but I think that’s because it was forced on me. I”m definitely keen to give it another go and it looks like the perfect place! xx

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      16th August 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Lucky lady working Bankside. What a view!! Arching a good play at the globe will definitely re-shape your views on Shakespeare Maggie. You have no excuse working so close

  7. 16th August 2016 / 5:47 pm

    This looks amazing! I would love to visit. I was a big Shakespeare fan when I was in school and always loved the plays. This would be so cool to visit! xx Adaleta Avdic

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      16th August 2016 / 8:24 pm

      I hope you get the chance Adeleta x

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