Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is the unique international centre dedicated to the study and appreciation of Shakespeare in performance.
Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Bankside houses:
– the reconstructed Globe Theatre which opened in 1997
– the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a candlelit Jacobean archetype which staged its first play in 2014
– Globe Education founded in 1989
– an Exhibition & Theatre Tour Programme
Globe Education was founded eight years before the reconstructed Globe opened. Globe Education’s resident academics lead original research and work with international scholars. Over 128,000 people of all ages from pre-school to post-graduate to pensioners are welcomed each year. There are tailored programmes for schools, workshops for students, continuing professional development for teachers, undergraduate and graduate courses, academic conferences, and a wide range of public events for scholars, enthusiasts and families.
In London, the Globe Education – King’s MA is one of the most reputable and popular Shakespeare MAs in the UK while outreach and digital resources take Globe Education approaches to schools and universities across the world. A Globe Education Academy for Teachers has been established at the University of California, Davis, for over ten years.
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre seasons include plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as new plays commissioned especially for both the stages. Concerts, operas and spoken word events are also held in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Last year over 735,000 people saw a production or concert at the Globe, on tour or on screen. The Exhibition & Theatre Tour also sees more than 358,000 visitors a year. In 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe became the first theatre to offer its own video-on-demand platform with the launch of Globe Player, allowing viewers to download full-length HD films of Globe Shakespeare productions.
The Globe-to-Globe production of Hamlet left the Globe on 23 April 2014 to tour to every country in the world over two years, concluding on 23 April 2016.
Future plans include a new permanent exhibition and a new building to house the Globe’s performance archive and library. The latter will include the John Wolfson Library – a bequest which will bring to the Globe the four Shakespeare Folios, 160 pre-1642 quartos, the major sources for Shakespeare’s plays in the original French, Italian and English editions and all the Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.
Shakespeare’s Globe is an educational charity and does not receive regular public subsidy. Over 40% of theatre tickets remain at only £5, the same price as when the Globe first opened its doors in 1997.
Shakespeare’s Globe is proud to be one of the hosts for the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress.