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Things To Do In London | Discover The World of Shakespeare in Shakespeare Globe Theatre

February 15, 2017
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I’m on a mission this year, every week I will set aside one of my days off to play tourist in the city of London. I think it’s the only way for me to not neglect this blog and of course to not be a stranger in the city that I live in now. That might break the bank though considering how expensive it is to explore London (at least for me). Thanks to Groupon, I think I’d be successful in this mission.

I bought a Groupon deal for a tour around the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and paid £12 instead of £16. For those who’ve been following this blog, I love a bargain no matter how small the saving is. So YAY to £4! 🙂 One thing I noticed at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre though is every single person working there seem to be miserable. I arrived at around 1pm so it can’t be possible that they’re already tired for the day (or were they?).

I got lost (so did a lot of other tourists who wanted to join the tour of the theatre) and couldn’t find where the tour will start. Every staff I asked for directions from were all grumpy. I was obviously a nuisance to them for asking for directions. If it was only me asking for directions then I’m probably just not paying attention but there were a lot of us running around asking staff where the tour will start, probably a visible and very obvious signage is needed so we won’t be bothering the staff.

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For everyone who’s planning to do the Shakespeare Globe Theatre tour, the entrance is the same entrance as the exhibition area. It’s a glass door facing the Thames River.

I wanted to explore the exhibition but then a group of school girls were doing the same and I just can’t handle the huge crowd of girls around me. I went straight where the tour will start and just waited for our guide. As soon as the tour started, everything which happened earlier that day was forgotten. Our tour guide was amazing and gave such an in depth history and a lot of information about the Shakespeare Globe Theatre.

Some of my favorite facts which I learned from the tour are:

The Shakespeare Globe Theatre that we now have today is just a recreation of the original theatre. It was the idea of an American actor, Sam Wanamaker who visited London and was surprised that there’s no tribute to Shakespeare in the city. The reconstruction took 20 years, Sam died before it was finished.

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The original Shakespeare Globe Theatre is located not far away from the site of the current theatre. During those times, many Londoners were strict Protestants and banned the public presentation of plays and all theatres within the city limits of London as theatre plays and actors are considered to be immoral. All theatres located within London were forced to move to the south side of the River Thames.

The original theatre burned down during a presentation of Henry VIII play. As a special effects, the production used a cannon and the thatched roof caught some of the sparks which started the fire. Some people say that the whole theatre burnt down within an hour while some people say that it was within 2 hours. A second theatre was built on the same site of the original one but it was closed down by the Puritans with an order of suppressing all stage plays.

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The Shakespeare Globe Theatre or The Globe as what it’s now called normally is one of the cheapest theatres that you can go to in London these days. The most expensive ticket is priced at £45 while the cheapest is the standing area in front of the stage which is priced at £5. It is also an open theatre (I did not know this and wasn’t expecting this at all) so performances are only held between April to October. During winter, plays a performed in the indoor theatre.

It’s the only thatched roof building in London now as there’s been a ban of such roof after the Great Fire. There’s also no microphones and speakers in this theatre and the music is played in period instruments.

The recreation of the theatre was truly impressive. While nobody knows exactly how accurate it is, I do think that they did a really good job. Materials used are oak and pine trees which would’ve been the same materials used during Shakespeare’s time. The seating area is probably the most uncomfortable seating area I’ve ever seen in a theatre but that’s how it would’ve been during Shakespeare’s time.

I enjoyed the tour itself and though I’m not a HUGE Shakespeare fan, I probably would want to witness a play in the Shakespeare Globe Theatre just to have an experience of it. I’m definitely not going to be in the standing area though. 🙂

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Plan Your Visit To The Globe Theatre:

Opening hours: 9:30am to 5:00pm everyday.
Nearest underground station: Blackfriars
There’s no need to book your tickets in advance. Tickets can be bought on the admissions desk on the day, every day.
Guided tours depart every 30 minutes.
Adult ticket costs £16.00
Children ticket costs (5-15) £9.00
Children under 5 are free of charge
Tours may not be available if there’s a performance going on, do check their calendar before going.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler ) February 28, 2017 at 12:34

    The globe theater looks lovely, we missed this one on our last trip to London. This theater so beautifully done takes back to the Shakespeare era for sure. I ned to check Groupon for deal next time we visit London

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:25

      Oh yes! Groupon is such a good source of discounted experiences in an otherwise very expensive city to visit. :p

  • Reply Allison February 27, 2017 at 07:56

    I have bad memories of Shakespeare from high school English classes lol. I haven’t read anything since but I have been to a couple of plays. I love Groupon! It it one of my favorites sights and always good for a bargain no matter how small. It great that you are getting out every weekend and experiencing everything London has to offer. I’m enjoying following along 🙂

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:27

      Thankfully, we didn’t need to study Shakespeare in highschool but I can somehow understand why you will have bad memories of him. Lol. Yes, Groupon is my most used site now that I live here in London, so many activities to offer in a discounted price. 🙂

  • Reply Vicki Louise February 27, 2017 at 07:00

    I’d LOVE to visit The Globe Theater! Its such an iconic place – both in terms of structure and the history there. And awesome that you got a Groupon deal for your ticket! I’m a big fan of deal sites – as well, every little helps and those extra pennies saved can be spent on more adventures!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:28

      I thought I was just cheap. Lol. Good to know that I’m not the only one who loves deals! :p

  • Reply Michaela Terese Harrison February 26, 2017 at 21:50

    I’ve been to London but never got the chance to see Shakespeare Globe theatre, so thank you fro sharing. Love the photos. Went to Stratford upon Avon think I will need to go back

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:31

      I also went to Stratford upon Avon years ago and I think it’s so lovely! I need to go back as well I think.

  • Reply Kelly February 26, 2017 at 14:32

    I love the globe theater. And an amazing picture of the space too. So glad you got to use a groupon for this site. Thanks for sharing because it brings up amazing memories from when I visited London and visited the Globe too. Thanks!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:31

      Oh that’s fantastic! It’s a very interesting place specially since the guides are really very informative.

  • Reply Only By Land February 26, 2017 at 11:58

    Although £4 was a small saving it was actually a 25% saving which is a decent amount. A decent sign is definitely required here, I hate badly signed places. It’s good that the guide was amazing once the tour started, that’s important. I can imagine there are many people interested in Shakespeare so this information is very useful.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:32

      If you say it that way, yes it is 25% savings and that’s a decent amount. :p

  • Reply Rhiannon February 26, 2017 at 11:08

    I laughed out loud when you wrote how all the staff just looked miserable! I think that about literally everywhere I go in London!
    I hadn’t realised they did tours of the Globe! My aunt and uncle regularly go up to London from Wales particularly to see performances here, and had I known tours were available I totally would have tagged along at some point!
    The only thatched roof in London?! So interesting! My surname is actually Thatcher so it’s relevant 😉

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:34

      They were all miserable! Maybe the weather is making them miserable? Lol. It’s a great tour really, I found it really interesting specially because the guide that we had was very very informative. You should definitely do the tour yourself and see the only “thatched” roof in London. :p

  • Reply Soraya February 26, 2017 at 05:24

    How interesting! Gosh to think that a special effects during a play burned the original theatre down. What a history! The recreation of the Shakespeare theatre looks awesome – if you hadn’t told me it wasn’t the original, I would have thought it was a historical sight. It looks incredible. I feel sad that Sam Wanamaker died before the theatre was finished building. He would be so proud to see how it has turned out.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:35

      I actually had goosebumps when our guide mentioned that Sam Wanamaker died before the theatre was finished. It’s a beautiful place and I’m sure that this is what he envisioned it to be.

  • Reply Sylvanmist February 26, 2017 at 00:34

    Thanks you wrote some good info here! Lots of things I never knew about it. I bet it would be fun to see a show there too, you should post a follow up when you go see one 😉

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:36

      I’m not sure how I’d be able to handle a Shakespeare play. :p

  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels) February 19, 2017 at 11:24

    it looks amazing from the inside! I only walked past it a number of times:)

  • Reply Trainswestcantoespano February 17, 2017 at 01:55

    Have you put Stratford on Avon on your bucket list? So peaceful, good eating places there too. Visit Shakespeare Theatre there on the bank of the river.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 23, 2017 at 11:07

      Yes, I have visited Stratford Upon Avon last 2012, I need to go back though. :p

  • Reply Trainswestcantoespano February 17, 2017 at 01:53

    wonderful to know of your commitment to devote one day each week to explore the city.
    We visitors from down under often know and do more in our escapes than the Brits know of their own in years.
    Very laudable ambition. Keep up the good work, enjoy your Bath adventure, etc

  • Reply Tales of Travelling Sisters February 15, 2017 at 13:19

    Its really interesting to know that everything in this theater is still done how it was done in Shakespearn era! Was the movie Shakespeare in Love shot here? The theater looks exactly the same how it was in the movie.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:37

      Yes it was! Our tour guide mentioned that to us. 🙂

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