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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 1-2 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5009GLOBE
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is the world's largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed beneath the reconstructed Globe Theatre on London's Bankside, the exhibition explores the remarkable story of the Globe, and brings Shakespeare's world to life using a range of interactive displays and live demonstrations.
Visit the exciting and often dangerous world of Elizabethan London where in 1599, Bankside was the entertainment center of the capital packed with gambling dens, brothels, bear-baiting pits and theaters. Ordinary people flocked to see Shakespeare's plays and they laughed, cried, shouted abuse at the actors, ate and drank during the performances.

As a visitor to the Exhibition you'll discover how shows were produced in the theaters of Shakespeare's time, from writing and rehearsals to music, dance and performance. Learn about the traditional crafts and techniques used during the process of rebuilding the Globe and find out how special effects were produced in Shakespeare's time - from thunder and lightning to flying on stage and realistic blood and gore.

Listen to recordings from some of the most Shakespearean performances ever or join the cast and add your own voice to a scene recorded by Globe actors. Create your own Shakespearean phrases in the word jungle, watch a sword-fighting display and browse the costume collection, where you can find out about the extraordinary methods used in creating clothes 400 years ago.

A visit to the Exhibition includes a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where storytellers take you on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium. Journey through time to Elizabethan London with their colourful tales of the 1599 theater experience as well as the reconstruction process of the 1990's and how the wooden 'o' works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

Afternoon Tea Upgrade Option

Before or after your visit why not indulge yourself with a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea served at the Swan Brasserie or Bar at the Globe Theatre? Here you can enjoy stunning views of the River Thames while savouring a delicious Afternoon Tea, complete with a glass of prosecco, choice of teas, sandwiches and cakes (see sample menu in itinerary section below). You will also reieve a guidebook to as a souvenir to your visit to the Globe.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Departure Time:
Tours depart daily every 15 to 30 minutes (subject to change)
April 23 to October 9
9:00am to 5:00pm. On Monday, tours run all day. Tuesday to Saturday; last tour departs at 12:30pm and at 11:30am on Sunday due to performances taking place on these days.
October 10 to March 31
10:00am to 5:00pm.

Important note: rehearsals will also take place throughout the Theatre Season. Please note that access to the Globe Theatre may be restricted.

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Theatre Tour and Exhibition
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

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Theatre Tour and Afternoon Tea
Code: THEAAFT

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition plus Afternoon Tea at 3:00pm in the Swan Brasserie or Bar. Includes a glass of prosecco, choice of hot beverages, sandwiches, cakes and scones

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition
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Inclusions:
  • Entrance fee and all day access to Exhibition
  • Guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (maximum 50 people)
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Tour takes 30-40 minutes, upon arrival you will join the next available tour, expected waiting time is half an hour in winter and 15 minutes in Summer
  • During the peak theatre season (April 23 - October 2), there may be occasions when the Globe tours are unable to run due to matinee performances and rehearsals taking place. When the Globe tours are not available, Rose or Bankside tours can be offered instead.
Itinerary:
Sample Afternoon Tea Menu:
Choice of Sandwiches:
Cucumber; Tomato & Dill; Scottish Smoked Salmon; York Ham & Mustard
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Cakes & Scones:
Lemon Drizzle Cake; Swan Fruit Cake; Scones with clotted cream & Strawberry Preserve
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jennifer B, September 2014

Fascinating place with wonderful and extremely knowledgeable tour guides.

Reviewed by: benoitcr, August 2014

You don't have to know a single thing about Shakespeare to enjoy this tour. The guide's presentation put just as much focus on the social life at the time and was able to provide interesting information on the building of this replica. I especially like how she weaved in lines from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets without calling them out, an added bonus if you do know the stuff. Great place, great tour, great guide. The ticket takers, however, were surprisingly surly to the point of being insulting.

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