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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Venue: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT. Box Office: 020 7401 9199
Access: Weekdays 9am-12.30pm; Theatre Tour and Exhibition. Sundays 9am-11.30am, 1pm -5pm; Rose Theatre archeological site Tour and Exhibition. No access to the Globe theatre during matinee performances. Visitors will be taken to the nearby site of the Rose, Bankside's first playhouse. Tours begin every 15-30 minutes during opening hours. Until 25 October, 2008.
Tour Tickets: 10.50, (Concessions).Book online.
Theatre Tickets: From 5 standing; 15 seated. Box Office: 020 7401 9199. Book online.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes. Adapted Toilet: Yes.
London Transport: Riverboat to Bankside Pier or walk across Thames on the Millennium Bridge.

Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe Theatre, once a colourful part of Elizabethan life on the south side of the Thames opposite the City of London, lives again to delight theatregoers and visitors. We must thank American actor Sam Wanamaker for his inspiration and tenacity in bringing this historic theatre back to life four centuries after the Bard's death.

In 1949, when Southwark and the Southbank were rundown scenes of post war dilapidation and neglect, Wanamaker spotted the dusty plaque marking the original site of Shakespeare's in-the-round riverside Globe playhouse.

Wanamaker's vision of a rebuilt replica of the 16th Century original was to take nearly 50 years to come to fruition and he did not live to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II open the new Globe in 1999. By then the Globe complex was already an established centre for education and set to attract tourists by the millions.

Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole has put together an exciting summer season of Shakespearean and modern drama for 2008, (including King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Timon of Athens and The Merry Wives of Windsor) .

A fascinating exhibition exploring Shakespeare's life, the London of his times and the theatre for which he wrote, complements the Globe's theatre productions. Interactive displays and live demonstrations featuring costume and clothing, Elizabethan music and musical instruments, printing and publishing, vividly bring Elizabethan Tudor and early Stuart times of Shakespeare and his London to life.

Nearby is the Bankside's first theatre: the Rose, for which Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson wrote their greatest plays and in which Shakespeare learned his trade as England greatest playwright. This is the only Elizabethan playhouse to have been excavated on a large scale by archaeologists. A short film introducing the colourful history of the Rose, Southwark's Bankside area and the ongoing discoveries made at the site can be seen at Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition.

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Top Tips to enhance your visit
Travel by Thames riverboat to and from the Globe. The journey is an essential part of the Globe experience. You will enjoy the ride with its magnificent views of London from the river.

  • Before using London River Services, Tube of buses for the first time, check out the London Transport website. It has all the information you require.

  • Find time to extend the Elizabethan experience by visiting the nearby replica of Sir Francis Drake's flagship Golden Hinde .

  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes, a shoulder bag and a collapsible umbrella are essential equipment for London touring. The bag will hold your umbrella, camera and all the pamphlets and guide literature you will doubtless collect during the day.

  • Do not forget your camera. There are excellent photo opportunities on both the river journey down what was once London's historic main thoroughfare and at the Globe.

  • Leave your car at the hotel and buy a London Travelcard for 1, 3 or 7 days together with Oyster Card. Your Travelcard is valid 24/7 hours on the central London Transport system. The Travelcard is cheap, (saving you both queuing time and money, not to mention London congestion and car parking charges), while the system is easy and safe. you can buy this online.