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21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, United Kingdom
020 7902 1400
NileGuide Expert tip:
Walk the picturesque Southbank from the London Eye and finish at The Globe
The present Globe Theatre is a splendid reconstruction of Shakespeare's famous circular wooden playhouse (he was a co-owner) which stood close by until it burned down in 1613. "Globe II" was completed in 1996, faithfully adhering to the methods and materials of the late 16th century, and boasts the first thatched roof permitted in London since the Great Fire of 1666. Shakespeare plays are performed (April-October) just as they would have been in his day with an open-air auditorium, gallery seating and the "groundlings" in the pit. There is an excellent adjacent permanent exhibition which is a delight even for those who are unfamiliar with the Bard's work.