Guided tour during the theatre season (mid-Apr to mid-Oct): Every 30 mins from 9 AM to 5 PM (Mon); 9 AM to 12.30 PM (Tue-Sat); 9 AM to 11.30 AM (Sun) – Guided tour outside the theatre season (mid-Oct to mid-Apr): Every 30 mins from 9 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun) – Museum: 9 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun)
Adults £17.00; Children £10.00 (5–15); Infants free (under-5); Family ticket £46.00
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There are some places that you simply must visit when you come to London... St Pauls, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben... and now there is a new one. William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. This is a truly original theatre experience. Even if you go to the theatre regularly, you will not be prepared for this genuine experience. The audience actually becomes part of the play. The actors are right there, so close that you can touch them, and the good ones interact with the audience. If the play calls for the actor to address a crowd, or a gathering of people, for example, then the audience (at least, the standing ones) will become that gathering that he is addressing. I found that it really got me involved in teh play in a way that i have never been before. A genuine joy!
Some things are so obviously a great idea that you wonder why no one thought to do them before. The Globe Theatre is one such thing. The only amazing thing is that it was such a struggle for the late, great Sam Wannamaker to get permission to build it. Shakespeare is such a part of the fabric of national life, who couldn't resist a visit?
This is a theatre like no other. The only other open air theatre that i have been to is the one in Regents Park, but this one is so much better because of the seats rising around you on all sides. It feels like you are indoors. And the standing room is akin to being at a football stadium beside the pitch. You can park yourself literally at the feet of the actors. I definitely recommend a place in the standing area rather than the seats. I have done both, and there is a better atmosphere down below. Partly because the actors address the standing crowd when they speak, which makes hearing the lines a lot easier (Shakespeare is hard enough to follow as it is, but when you miss some words it is doubly so!)
Everybody should go and enjoy a play at the Globe at least once, even if you don't like Shakespeare. I must admit that half the play passed me by, because Shakespeare is hard to follow even when I'm sitting in a nice armchair at home, and if I didn't already know that plot then I probably would have struggled to follow what was going on. But it is such a wonderful place to watch a play. The audience creates bags of atmosphere, and it is a lot of fun. You feel like a little community down there below the stage. Try it!