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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk
020 7401 9919
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London Bridge tube / BR
About Shakespeare's Globe Theatre


The reconstructed Globe Theatre sits at the heart of The International Shakespeare Globe Centre Ltd., which embraces three distinct but interdependent activities: performance, education and exhibition. The Globe Theatre Company is formed annually in the spring, and contracts extend until the end of the theatre season. Several actors have performed in more than one season at the Globe. The company plays in repertory from May to September annually and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence in architectural conditions which are as close as possible to those of Shakespeare's time. In 2003 the company's production of Twelfth Night was the recipient of the Critics' Circle award, a Time Out award and an Olivier award. In 2003 Mark Rylance also accepted an Evening Standard Special Award on behalf of Shakespeare's Globe.

Mark Rylance was appointed Artistic Director in January 1996. He has appeared in a number of celebrated productions at the Globe, including Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Cymbeline and Twelfth Night. In 2003 he played the title role in an original practices production of Richard II. Other regular members of the Globe Theatre's production team include Greg Ripley-Duggan, Executive Producer; Claire van Kampen, Director of Theatre Music; Jenny Tiramani, Associate Designer; Giles Block, Master of the Words; Glynn MacDonald, Master of Movement and Stewart Pearce, Master of Voice.

Actor, audience and architecture

The relationship between actors and audiences at the Globe is remarkably intimate and informal. The theatre has a capacity of 1,600 people per performance. Approximately a quarter of a million people visit the Globe during the annual performance season. Up to 600 'groundlings' can stand in the yard for each performance and some 75,000 people pay just £5 for a groundling ticket every year.

Original practices

The Globe Theatre Company makes no claim to authenticity in its productions. Many of the conditions of 16th and 17th century performance – the Elizabethan repertory system, 16th century rehearsal practices, pronunciation, the mentality of the audience itself – are, for the time being at least, practicably irrecoverable. Nevertheless, each season's plays include Ćoriginal practices' productions that adopt some of the conditions under which the plays could have been first performed. This is most clearly the case in the adoption of all-male casting, recreated clothing, music and dance.


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
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