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|The Globe Theatre
New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Tel: 020 7401 9919
|This theatre is best known for being the newly built open-air replica of Shakespeare's original Globe Theatre, which burned down in 1613. As such it attracts both tourists and fans of Shakespeare in droves. |
But to simply view this theatre as a tourist attraction overlooks the fact that it is also a quality theatre in its own right. Both the quality and variety of performances is excellent.
The theatre isn't an exact replica - the original Globe housed 3,000 spectators whilst the present one can only accommodate 1,500. But it is pretty near to the original and even has a thatched roof - the first thatched roof in London since the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Shows take place during the daytime as the theatre relies on natural light in an attempt to stay as authentic as possible. By the way, if you are seeing a show and want it to be authentic, go for one of the 500 standing spaces as that is the way that most of the public would have seen performances in the 17th Century. Tickets for seats cost between £10 and £20, but the standing spaces cost just £5 each.
There is also an excellent exhibition, which outlines the history of the theatre, and a guided tour available. Performances only take place from May-September, but if you visit off season it is still worth going just for the tour and exhibition.
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