The Globe Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames is a faithful reconstruction of Shakespeare's original Globe Theatre (the Bard was a shareholder), which used to stand in the area. The original Globe was built in 1599 and destroyed in a fire in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was subsequently rebuilt with a tiled roof to protect it from further blazes.
The inspiration behind The Globe theatre you see today is the American actor and director Sam Wanamake who spent 25 years fund-raising and planning the project. Unfortunately, Wanamake died three years before the new Globe was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
Besides performances of Shakespeare and other dramatists, the Globe is actively involved in Shakespearean research and education.
The theatre includes a shop and bar.
Other attractions in London not far from The Globe Theatre include Westminster Abbey across the river, Big Ben or farther afield Buckingham Palace.
21 New Globe Walk
Tel: 020 7902 1400
Globe Theatre Map
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