The Globe Theatre was completed in 1997. It is dedicated to the performance and exploration of Shakespeare’s work, and is a reconstruction of the 16th century playhouse for which he wrote. It is a type of theatre no longer used today which makes visiting a very interesting experience. It is a round building, made of oak and lime plaster. It has a thatched roof, but this only covers part of the auditorium, a bit like a football stadium. The original Globe burned down during a performance, so thankfully this one is built to be fire retardant!
At the base of the stage there is the Yard, where you can stand to watch the performance. Around it are 3 levels of raked seating. A rectangular stage juts out into the centre of the open-air yard. The building has natural air conditioning, being open to the elements! The designers have also included the comforts of the 20th century in the design, so there is a gift shop, bar, brasserie and café in the building.
There is an induction loop sound system for the hard of hearing. Five wheelchair users can be accommodated in the Yard and 3 in Gentleman’s Room Q. The latter is accessed by a lift. There are adapted toilets by Globe Door 1, next to the first aid room on the Piazza level and by the balcony room on level 2.
The tube stations at Mansion House (10 minute walk), London Bridge (10 minutes) Southwark (15 minutes) and St Paul’s (15 minutes) are all near the Globe. There are 2 disabled parking spaces outside the theatre, available by prior arrangement. There is an NCP car park on Upper Thames Street for other drivers.
In our travels around the web, we found these Globe Theatre web pages useful. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to list your favourite Globe Theatre website here.
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