Back in the summer of 2011, I went to London for the third time, but this time it was with just a bunch of friends. We didn’t really have a plan other than to just have fun and see some sights of this amazing city.
One of those sights happened to be Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Although I am not a great connoisseur of Shakespeare, I’ve always enjoyed theatre so when one of my friends said she wanted to visit that site, I gladly went along.
In the morning, we booked the guided tour that would lead us to the inside of the 1997’s replica of this old theatre. This thirty minute tour gives you a brief history of and insight into the workings of this beautiful, still operating, theatre. Even while it is not the original Globe – that one was closed in 1642 – I was impressed with this building. It’s so beautiful!
So much, that for the afternoon we booked tickets to see the play ‘Doctor Faustus’ by Christopher Marlowe performed right on that very stage. Nothing makes this theatre come alive more than seeing it being used. It was one of the best decisions ever. While the tour was great already, seeing a play just adds that little extra. And it’s not expensive at all. So if you have the time, don’t hesitate and go see a play in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
On my recent trip to London last week, I decided it was time to revisit the beautiful Globe. Since my friends hadn’t been on the tour yet, we redid the tour so they could get all the info. Once again, it was worth it. The guides there really know how to tell the story and keep the audience interested.
In 2014, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse was added next to the Globe so they could also show plays indoors during winter season. Sadly this beautiful theatre is not included in the tour of the Globe, so if you want to admire it, you have to book a ticket to go see a play.
Since nothing of Shakespeare was playing during the time we were visiting London, we didn’t go see a play this time round. We also didn’t really have enough time. But one day, I hope to go back to London during summer and see another play in this gorgeous theatre!
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is open year round (except on holidays). There is a tour every thirty minutes and while you wait for it to start, you can spend your time in the exhibition hall that has lots of information on everything Shakespeare. Entrance fee for the tour is £16 for an adult and tickets for a show start from £5.