Following the UK Government and Society of London Theatre's official guidance, Shakespeare's Globe have made the decision to close for the foreseeable future which unfortunately means that the scheduled Globe on Tour performances are cancelled.
'We hope you understand it has been difficult for us to decide how to navigate our way forwards during this unprecedented time. It has been overwhelming to see all of your messages of support, and everyone here at the Globe is truly grateful to see all the love for our wooden O. Shakespeare's Globe has taken the difficult decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours. As you can imagine this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a necessary one as we consider the safety and wellbeing of the public, staff and volunteers. Whilst our doors are closed our hearts, minds and imaginations are very much open, and we are finding and creating ways to stay connected and hopeful with you. "
Thursday 2 July 7.30pm: As You Like It
Friday 3 July 11.00am: Audience Choice
Friday 3 July 7.30pm: The Tempest
Saturday 4 July 2.00pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Please note: all shows are performed outdoors.
All shows: £22.00
Saturday matinee £20.00 (per person, group of 4 or more)
School groups: £15 per pupil with one teacher free with every 10 pupils
[10% off when you book 3 shows]
Shakespeare’s Globe presents a trio of plays.
Taking on multiple roles across all three plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and The Tempest – the talented cast will unravel these tales of lovers, exiles, dreamers and wanderers.
Audience Choice! What’s it like to go to the theatre and not know what you’re going to see? Take part in Shakespeare’s Globe’s democratic theatrical experiment to find out! It will be up to you to vote for which of the three plays on offer you want to see just before the action starts. Actors call it ‘terrifying’, audiences say it’s ‘exhilarating’. It’s an experiment, it’s experiential, it’s Shakespearean, it’s shared and it’s at the heart of what Shakespeare’s Globe does.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Four brawling lovers, caught in a dispute of magical proportions; a crew of keen mechanicals, determined to give it their all; and one roguish sprite, hell-bent on causing as much havoc as possible… What could possibly go wrong?
Exploding with dramatic poetry, mischief and merriment, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s amazingly inventive play, whose serious and dark undercurrent cuts starkly through the hilarity making its dreamlike surface deeply rich and all the more memorable.
As You Like It: As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance: cross-dressing and love-notes; poetry and brilliant conversation; gentle satire, slapstick and passion. A series of hilarious mistaken identities and mishaps in the Forest of Arden ultimately sees new friendships formed, and families and lovers reunited.
The Tempest: Inspired by reports of the first English colonies in the West Indies and imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment set on a remote and mysterious desert island, but with magic enchantments and treachery at every turn, will anyone ever make it off?
Running Time Approx. 2 hours, plus 20 minute interval
Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstructed open-air theatre on London’s Bankside, founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker and dedicated to the exploration of Shakespearean, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and contemporary theatre.
Please note: The production will go ahead outdoors in all but the most extreme weather conditions (where it is deemed to be unsafe for the production to continue). We ask that everyone comes prepared for all weather conditions.
If the outdoor production cannot take place then the main auditorium at the Queen’s Hall will become the venue for the affected performance/s. In this instance picnics may not be consumed.
The audience area on the cloister lawn will be open from one hour before the show. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic.
There will also be refreshments available to purchase on site and toilets will be accessible in the Abbey buildings.
We ask that you follow the instructions of our stewards so that everyone can be seated comfortably within the designated area.
You are welcome to bring a small table and an umbrella to be used during the picnic period, but umbrellas cannot be used during the performance as they will block the view of other guests. Unless otherwise indicated on your ticket, seating during the performance will be on grass: you may use blankets, cushions or low back chairs. Guests should dress sensibly for any weather conditions.
The paved areas to the side and rear of the audience area are reserved for wheelchair users.
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