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The Magic of Shakespeare’s GlobeIn this new series of blogs,…

The Magic of Shakespeare’s Globe

In this new series of blogs, we’re going to take you behind the scenes of our Guides Tours & Exhibition. Open all year round, the tour gives you an opportunity to learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare.

In our first blog post, Tour Guide Ffion Jones discusses why she believes that Shakespeare’s Globe is the perfect space to share theatre experiences with others.

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Whilst studying for my Masters in Creative Writing, I was introduced to Peter Brook, and I was so inspired by the ethos behind his work. Reading Peter Brook and the Mahabharata: Critical Perspectives helped me to get a grasp on what it is that I love about theatre; why I love acting, why I love writing, why I love helping people to make theatre, and why I love working at Shakespeare’s Globe.

I have worked for many years, delivering hundreds upon hundreds of tours, describing this iconic, weighty building and the magic within its walls. I am constantly amazed by my stamina and ability to keep telling the Globe’s story (and intrinsically, my own story) over and over again. Somehow, the energy of the moment, the faces in front of me and their wonderful invitation to share gets me going every time. 

I have a belief about the magic of theatre and the magic of Shakespeare’s Globe and I have experienced this magic in multiple ways, on and off stage – and there is a little dusting of it on the tours.

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The reason theatre is different to many other art forms is because it is live, because you are occupying the same space, because there are real tangible humans in front of you and because when it’s right – that’s it and then it’s gone. This is the most amazing feeling and, to me, the most rewarding art. 

I prance around, flinging my limbs and my voice about, attempting to do a one woman version of something like this, trying to suggest a tiny iota of this magic, on the tours. Peter Brook describes a communication of the “direct physical conviction of the actors, their presence and individuality” and, to me, Shakespeare’s Globe is the home of this communication. 

The shared space opens up an immediacy and shared language like nothing I’ve ever witnessed before. When Titus Andronicus parades into the theatre on ‘horseback’ showcasing his spoils of war, when Marc Anthony looks into people’s eyes and pleads to be heard, when Lancelot Gobbo enlists the help of an audience member to make a decision and when the shrewish Kate drags herself through the crowd after being starved to a point of insanity. These things make you think, make you laugh, make you be.

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With a new season of plays approaching, I wait with bated breath to stand in the yard and meet the next companies of actors, the next array of characters and the next assortment of stories. I can’t wait to tell people what personality these shows bepaint. And I can’t wait to tell them that they must come and see it for themselves, for their role as the audience is the special ingredient to making the witches brew. 

I tell people that putting Shakespeare’s plays in the original environment (or as close to it as possible) allows us to not only relive history but palpably feel the effects of Shakespeare’s plays that were intended. Peter Brook investigated the basic-ness of being human and presented theatre in its most crude form. And, I believe, that it is this element that the Globe drags out of Shakespeare’s plays, which is perhaps unexpected to an audience with anticipations of difficult language and highbrow chortling. The Globe has the beauty of the here and now. I cannot wait to be there, here and now, when this summer rolls around. 

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Words: Ffion Jones

Sources: Williams, D. (1991) Peter Brook and the Mahabharata: Critical Perspectives, London: Routledge

Photos: John Wildgoose and Shakespeare’s Globe

All’s Well That Ends Well: Rehearsal PhotosCaroline Byrne…

All’s Well That Ends Well: Rehearsal Photos

Caroline Byrne (Director of The Taming of the Shrew, 2016) brings this dark, twisted and dangerous interpretation of All’s Well That Ends Well to the candlelit intimacy of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 11 January – 3 March 2018

Pictured: the cast, in rehearsal, photography by Marc Brenner.

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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 and look forward to the future as the next Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, it feels important to take a moment to look back on its past. 

Twenty years ago The Globe began as the most radical of theatrical experiments and over time, we have become more aware of just how passionately people really feel about this unique building and the most exquisite of playwrights. 

We know what we are but know not what we may be.  

Throughout the interview process I was asked a number of times, what makes Shakespeare’s Globe so special? The answer – that almost every person who has ever stepped foot inside the space will give you – is… the audience, the other character in all of the plays. Only in front of the audience do the 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. 

Particularly in The Globe: in the shared light, and the unprecedented embrace of that wooden O, in the collective imagination and the connection and communication between story, storyteller and audience, that is where the plays breathe. It is the exploration of these plays, this experiential and sensorial encounter, in these unique, honest and vulnerable playing conditions, that will lie at the heart of my vision. 

I do believe that he is our greatest humanist writer. He 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 Shakespeare is about all of us and for all of us. And as we celebrate writers of the past we must also look to the future. A new writing venue 400 years ago, it will continue to be a new writing venue today as we all go on the hunt for our next Shakespeare.

As an organisation that receives no statutory funding, we can only succeed in our mission because of our friends; people like you. Your participation makes all the difference to the fibre and fabric of our work. Connecting people with Shakespeare, all people, especially young people, through our theatre and educational programme, has been at the heart of Shakespeare’s Globe since we opened in 1997. I hope to share the importance of all our work more closely with our audience, and particularly with our members.

Friends enjoy concessionary rates to our diverse programme of events including Company Q&As, our Read Not Dead series and family events for all ages.  And when my first season is announced on 4th January 2018, Friends will enjoy priority booking for a Summer season that promises to be a celebration of Shakespeare, The Globe and our local, national and international communities. 

As The Globe begins the next chapter of its history, I feel as excited as I am overwhelmed by the potential and possibilities contained within Shakespeare’s plays, these incredible playhouses, and the human beings that devote their time and imaginations to work and play in these unique and unprecedented playhouses. 

As Shakespeare said, ‘Thy friendship makes us fresh’, and I sincerely hope that you might consider joining me and The Globe as we begin this incredible adventure.

With best wishes,

Michelle Terry
Artistic Director Designate

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

Just a Few Festive 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)

Entrance to Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Tour Offer (was £17.00-£13.50, now £10.00-£7.50)

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Pictured: Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea

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)

Browse all Gift Experience packages >>

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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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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Christmas is for Community SpiritSarah from Borough Market Choir…

Christmas is for Community Spirit

Sarah from Borough Market Choir wanted to tell you about how rehearsals are going for their upcoming event at Shakespeare’s Globe this December…

This year’s concert theme revolves around food and community spirit, which shines through in and around the SE1 area. The song we’ve chosen to sing aims to represent this spirit and our heritage of Borough Market Choir, and with input from some of our very own talented choir members and family we’ve created a version of ‘Put a Little Love in Your Heart’ themed around food and community.

Some of us know the original song, some of us don’t!  And it’s possibly harder for those that do as our first challenge is to remember the different lyrics! With our fun-loving spirit, passion for singing and enthusiasm to learn, we can’t wait to perform this amongst such a wonderful community.

Our second rehearsal coincided with Borough Market Choir’s 6th birthday!  A brilliant achievement for us, and apt that we’re rehearsing for a concert which was where it all started for our choir six years ago! Our Musical Director and co-founder, Esmeralda Conde Ruiz, who was working at Borough Market at that time, was asked to set up a community singing project, encouraging traders to take part in this community venture…. it all resulted in performing at A Concert for Winter in 2011. 

This will be the 5th time we’ve performed and it remains just as special for original members of the choir as for those who have recently joined. For some new members it will be their first performance!

An exciting opportunity for all involved!

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