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“Surprise Birthday Gift”

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition with Optional Afternoon Tea
Ranked #36 of 1,615 things to do in London
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Owner description: Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education.Together, the Globe Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Surprise Birthday Gift”
Reviewed 30 January 2014

I have loved Shakespeare since Upper School in Australia and to have my English husband explain and treat me to see Macbeth at The Globe for my 50th Birthday was fascinating and intriguing. I recommend doing the tour before seeing a play as the tour guide was so lovely, knowledgeable and interesting. The architecture, structure and acoustics is incredible. The actors were engaging with the audience and the only harsh thing was the English Summer sun, where we were given paper hats by the Staff. Local pub was an endearing respite. Wish I had done this years ago. Fantastic experience. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful theatre”
Reviewed 29 January 2014

We visited in December before the indoor theatre had opened, so we took part in the tour of the outdoor theatre. A beautiful reconstruction. Our guide was wonderful, giving us a history of how theatre was in the days of Shakespeare. The inside exhibition of sets and costumes was fantastic. Would love to return and see a performance. Highly recommended

Visited December 2013
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“A must for Shakespeare lovers”
Reviewed 29 January 2014

I've loved Shakespeare for as long as I can remember, but did not get around to seeing The Globe in London until last week. It probably would have nourished me more to see a play there, but I did not have the opportunity. The tour I took was fascinating, partly because our guide, Matt, was a theater student and very excited about what he was presenting. But the theater, and its history, are totally fascinating, as was learning about how much tickets cost, and the type of person who would generally attend performances. The Globe is a few blocks away from the original Globe that had been built and used in Shakespeare's time--that Globe burned down. So this is a reproduction, built from written accounts, notes and drawings. Even though the visit was not a PEAK experience, I am very glad to have had a chance to visit. I only wish the tour had included a trip backstage.....

Oh--before the tour, there was an discussion of the clothes that were worn at the time Shakespeare lived. The presentation took someone from the audience and put Elizabethan clothes on top of the volunteer's street clothes. That was fascinating, transforming the tourist into a maiden from times long gone. Every piece of clothing came with an explanation--who wore it, why, what purpose did it serve--and it was fascinating to see.

Visited January 2014
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“If you are into theatre, 'The Duchess of Malfi' is an experience”
Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

Great acting, and the way the production uses candlelight is amazing. At one point, they end up in total darkness - which only serves to enhance the experience. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

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“Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

I have been to the main Globe theatre many times and was interested to see this new indoor theatre. The venue is very small - about 350 seats. We were in the upper gallery to one side, and while I cannot fault the acting the view was not great. You are looking down on the actors' heads the whole time, and cannot see the faces of anyone at the front of the stage, unless they look up. Some of the action involved the back of the stage and this is not really visible at all. The theatre is candlelit, very atmospheric, but the seats only have carpet material to cover them. There did not seem to be cushion hire so if I go again I will take a cushion.
Try to book seats on the lower level for a decent view - in the main Globe one can see well from higher levels because the seating is set back from the stage, but here you are right on top of the stage

Visited January 2014
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