The Globe Theatre
As the home of Shakespeare and the centre of Elizabethan performances in London, the Globe Theatre is perhaps the capital’s premier location for compelling drama. Enough has been written about the bard without our gushing here, but his plays remain as witty, charming and accessible now as they did when they were written. Those worried about the density of language and themes should not worry: these works were specifically designed to appeal to the masses as well as to the elite. They excel as pieces of entertainment in their own right and are still well worth watching even if your knowledge of their rich subtext is limited.
The location itself is a stunning one. A faithful reconstruction of the early 17th century venue that was custom built for Shakespeare’s plays, it offers the kind of theatrical experience that has become a rarity in modern times. Seeing what life was like standing in front of the stage and directly interacting with the players is a novel way to experience a drama, and one that is so very different from sitting back and watching it unfold from a plush row of chairs.
The tours offered by the company are well worth the small fee, as they provide an excellent but accessible level of knowledge about the plays’ performances and contextualise them perfectly.
Address : 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT