Shakespeare’s Globe has a rather colourful history. Needing no introduction and arguably Britain’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare opened the doors of The Globe Theatre in 1599 to bring artistic drama and performance to the masses - despite trials and tribulations along the way like having to transport the wooden structure of the theatre across the Thames from Shoreditch, after a run-in with the landlord at ‘The Theatre’! The Globe enjoyed 14 successful years until an over-zealous special effect burned the historic building to the ground during a Henry VIII performance, in 1613. Despite being rebuilt within a year, The Globe was later pulled down by The Puritans in 1640. A phoenix to rise out of the ashes, The Globe again re-opened in 1997 after half a century of campaigning by American actor, Sam Wannamaker. Despite its many guises throughout the centuries, the message to harness the power of theatre, inspire intellectual curiosity and share Shakespeare’s work for all to enjoy, is as important today, as it once was way back in 1599. Browse our days out at The Globe, to plan your perfect visit!
To Be or Not To Afternoon Tea
Make your day out even better with another thoroughly enjoyable pillar of British culture and tradition. Spoil someone to a descendant afternoon tea at The Swan, The Globe’s bar and restaurant with a passionate vision for delivering captivating, creative ingredients and flavours in every dish. Nestled right in the heart of the capital, soak up inspiring views of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral as you revel in heavenly finger delights. Your culture-rich trip to Shakespeare’s Globe is set to be the perfect day out in London, to not only evoke the mind, but tantalise your taste buds too!