Visit Shakespeare’s Globe this winterWe are open as usual during…

Visit Shakespeare’s Globe this winter

We are open as usual during the holiday season, but we will be closed 24 and 25 December. The Exhibition will be open 11.00am – 17.00pm on 26 December, with tours of the Globe Theatre running from 11.30am.

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Upcoming shows and events

Join cabaret artist Meow Meow for an alternative festive show.

Catch Romantics Anonymous before it closes on 6 January.

All’s Well That Ends Well, our first Shakespeare play of 2018, opens 11 January.

Enjoy some classical music in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a reimagining of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Brodsky Quartet’s End Games series of concerts.

Treat your whole family to the magical experience of Emma Rice’s The Little Matchgirl in the spring.

The Captive Queen takes centre stage at the beginning of February, with Barry Rutter as The Emperor.

Gift ideas

We have a wide range of presents and souvenirs in our Shop.

Buy a Globe Membership before 19 December to guarantee arrival before Christmas. 

We have a special offer on our Tea & Tour packages this winter. See more → 

The Captive Queen: Cast AnnouncedThe cast for The Captive Queen,…

The Captive Queen: Cast Announced

The cast for The Captive Queen, playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2018, will include:

Angela GriffinBarrie RutterDharmesh PatelKaran GillNaeem HayatNeerja NaikSafiyya IngarSarah QuistSarah RidgewaySelva Rasalingam and Silas Carson.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be bringing…

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be bringing their incredible live show to East London’s Victoria Park to headline a UK Exclusive stand-alone APE Presents show alongside very special guests Patti Smith And Her Band.

Regarded as one of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ’ recent sold-out run of headline shows saw them step up another gear to become bona fide arena headliners, garnering some of the best reviews of their decorated career in the process.

Few songwriters have had the lasting legacy and impact as the iconic Patti Smith . A major voice in the emergence of the New York punk scene and a formative influence on legendary artists like The Smiths, Madonna, Sonic Youth and R.E.M., she remains a live force to be reckoned with. The singer, poet, author and visual artist will be bringing her band to APE Presents… next June.

Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent will be bringing her live band show and acclaimed recent album Masseduction to Victoria Park for what is sure to be one of the stand out moments of the day. Also joining the line-up is the vibrant Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett fresh from the release of her full length Kurt Vile collaboration Lotta Sea Lice.

Tickets available from: https://www.allpointseastfestival.com/

One of music’s greatest artists is next in lin…

One of music’s greatest artists is next in line for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018.

Eric Clapton is set to play a very special concert on July 8th 2018, continuing the legacy of all-time greats gracing the Great Oak Stage.

With a decades-long career and countless accolades to his name, Eric Clapton is also something of a local, having first played Hyde Park with Blind Faith on June 7th, 1969 alongside band mates Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech to a 120,000 strong audience – it was the band’s debut.

He returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, again in 2008 and has played over 200 times at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.

“I have happy memories of performing in Hyde Park in the past,” says Eric, “and I’m really looking forward to playing there again – the whole atmosphere is very special.”

He is the only person to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on three occasions – with The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist.

Eric Clapton truly stands alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and other legends who have played Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park since its inception in 2013.

The first special guests for the day are also announced with fellow guitar legend Santana heading the pack, alongside Clapton’s friend and Blind Faith partner Steve Winwood.

Young guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr will also join the lineup, a master musician from a new generation.

When Eric Clapton was becoming a global recording artist in London, Carlos Santana was making a name for himself in San Francisco and forging a sound entirely his own; an Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion that has sold 200 million albums and played to 100 million fans. His 1999 album Supernatural took him to a whole new audience around the world spawning hits like ‘Smooth’ and ‘Maria Maria’, winning record of the year at the Grammy Awards.

Steve Winwood was a teenage prodigy, exploding out of Birmingham into the pop charts in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group at just 15 years of age with ‘Gimme Some Lovin’, ‘I’m A Man’ and ‘Keep on Running’.  He then formed Traffic in 1967 before joining Eric Clapton in Blind Faith in 1969 and then reforming Traffic for their classic albums. His solo career has produced global hits like ‘Higher Love’. He recently released his first ever solo live album ‘Winwood: Greatest Hits Live’ demonstrating his incredible and diverse career.

Gary Clark Jr was born in the music city of Austin, Texas and was inspired by a Michael Jackson concert to take up guitar when he was four years old. He has been hailed as the saviour of the blues, as well as channelling funk and soul influences through his vocals and virtuoso guitar playing. He is the young musician that the legends love and a natural addition to the line up, having also supported The Rolling Stones at the opening year of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time in 2013.

Tickets available here: https://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets

Your favourite festive film is now a major n…

Your favourite festive film is now a major new musical adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

Feel –good, funny and full of yuletide joy, Nativity! The Musical features all of the favourite sing-a-long hits from the films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs filled with the spirit of Christmas!

With the cast including West End favourites Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Sarah Earnshaw (Wicked, Spamalot) and Simon Lipkin (Rock of Ages, Guys and Dolls), Nativity! The Musical is the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.

So join us this Christmas for some MAYHEM in Bethlehem!

Tickets available here: https://www.eventimapollo.com/events/detail/nativity-the-musical

A Message From Michelle TerryAs I embark on a journey of a…

A Message From Michelle Terry

As I embark on a journey of a lifetime as the next Artistic Director of this venue, it feels important to take a moment to look at what makes Shakespeare’s Globe so special.

The answer is, the audience.

Only in front of the audience do Shakespeare’s plays really come to life and I think we have only just begun to scratch the surface of what is revealed about the plays when they are performed in those playhouses.

Shakespeare writes for anyone, about everyone, and on stage as well as off we will be holding a mirror up to nature, offering a true reflection of humanity, and prove that he is about all of us and for all of us.

As an organisation that receives no statutory funding, we can only succeed in our mission because of our audience, our friends, people like you. Your participation makes all the difference to the fibre and fabric of our work.

Our Friends will enjoy priority booking for my first season, announced on 4 January 2018, and a host of other benefits and special rates to Globe events. Your support is also a donation towards the work of the Globe on stage and in creating inspiring educational experiences.

I hope you can join me and Shakespeare’s Globe as we begin this incredible adventure.

With best wishes,

Michelle Terry
Artistic Director Designate

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The Little Matchgirl On Tour: In PhotosHere are a few photos…


The cast of The Little Matchgirl.


Karl Queensborough and Guy Hughes in The Little Matchgirl.


The Little Matchgirl.


Elizabeth Westcott in The Little Matchgirl.


Edie Edmundson in The Little Matchgirl.


Katy Owen in The Little Matchgirl.


Guy Hughes, Kezrena James and Edie Edmundson in The Little Matchgirl.


Edie Edmundson and Niall Ashdown.


The cast of The Little Matchgirl.


Guy Hughes, Karl Queensborough, Kezrena James and Katy Owen in The Little Matchgirl.

The Little Matchgirl On Tour: In Photos

Here are a few photos from The Little Matchgirl, which opened this month at Bristol Old Vic,  and plays there until 14 January 2018. 

Then we are on to: Theatr Clwyd, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oxford PlayhouseTheatre Royal Plymouth, Buxton Opera House, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Malvern Theatres, and home to Shakespeare’s Globe, London (27 March – 21 April).

We hope you can join us on our journey!

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Photography by Steve Tanner

Macbeth (Masachika Ichimura) and Banquo (Kazun…

Macbeth (Masachika Ichimura) and Banquo (Kazunaga Tsuji) in the Ninagawa Company’s Macbeth (Photo: Jamie Koh). I was fortunate enough to see this amazing production in London in October.

Just a Few Festival DealsWe’ve decorated the tree and the mince…

Just a Few Festival Deals

We’ve decorated the tree and the mince pies are out (and nearly gone already)!

As we’re officially feeling festive, we thought we’d throw some Christmas Deals your way, for you to enjoy yourselves this December, or purchase as gifts for others.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea and Tour Special Offer (was £46.50, now £35.00)

Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea and Tour Special Offer (was £46.50, now £35.00)

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Pictured: Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea

Read Not Dead 3 December: Cast AnnouncedJoining us for our next…


Andy Secombe and Beth Eyre


Charlie Ryall and Clark Alexander


James Wallace


Jeremy Booth


Joe Eyre


Karen Whyte


Lydia Bakelmun


Oliver Lavery


Peter Wicks and Robbie Capaldi


Sam Jenkins-Shaw and Timothy Blore

Read Not Dead 3 December: Cast Announced

Joining us for our next Read Not Dead event on 3 December (Massinger’s The Bashful Lover) are:

Andy Secombe, Beth Eyre, Charlie Ryall, Clark Alexander, James Wallace, Jeremy Booth, Joe Eyre, Karen Whyte, Lydia Bakelmun, Oliver Lavery, Peter Wicks, Robbie Capaldi, Sam Jenkins-Shaw and Timothy Blore.

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