Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Exhibition takes you back to a time when Shakespeare's plays were staged to rowdy audiences jostling for the best view in a theatre on the banks of the River Thames, where rival entertainments included bear baiting. Shakespeare's Globe has been painstakingly rebuilt using the same materials as the 17th Century original, with English Oak used throughout and the only thatched roof licensed in London since the Great Fire of 1666 - this one, you'll be pleased to know, is fire retardant!
This reconstruction was the vision of the actor and director Sam Wanamaker who insisted the Globe had to be exactly as it was in Shakespeare's day. The triumphant result is proof of one man's vision. The greatest works in the English language are more alive than ever as you're transported - with the help of audioguides available in several languages - to the very heart of a performance.
Your guided tour of the theatre and of the Globe's fascinating Shakespeare Exhibition is best booked in advance to avoid queuing and you'll have an actor's view of the "groundlings", the most rowdy of audience members, standing in the open air. The enthralling Shakespeare Exhibition, with access included in your ticket, gives a fascinating insight into Shakespeare and his work.