New-format Globe Theatre tours to start on 21 August
From this August, our much-missed wooden ‘O’ opens its oak doors once more
As well as hearing about William Shakespeare, the history of London and the theatre itself, visitors to our award-winning Globe Theatre Guided Tour will also have the chance to stand on one of the most famous stages in the world.
Our family-friendly tours are for all ages and there are a range of ticket prices, including a special ‘pay what you can’ rate and free tickets for NHS staff.
“Reopening our wonderful tours, giving access to the stage to our visitors for the first time, and the opening of our online shop and the Swan Bar & Restaurant are all ways in which we hope to welcome more and more people back through our doors to safely enjoy culture and experience in our iconic space once again.”
– Neil Constable, Chief Executive, Shakespeare’s Globe
Both an exhibit of costumes worn by celebrated actors and a new photography display by Marc Brenner will form part of the new tour.
Marc has recently captured our empty spaces through a series of beautiful never-before-seen photos of Shakespeare’s Globe, and a selection of them will be on show in this special on site exhibition.
Tours will be running seven days a week with tickets bookable up to 20 September 2020. Tickets must be booked in advance online so don’t forget to secure your time-slot in plenty of time.
For this new season of tours, Members priority booking will open Wednesday 19 August at 11.00am and public booking will open Thursday 20 August 10.00am. If you become a Member you will benefit from not just priority booking but also a special £10 ticket rate.
Members also receive a 20% discount in our online shop.
We have worked hard to adapt our new-format tour for you at this time – we have adjusted the tour route, opening hours and the number of tickets available per tour.
We want you to feel confident and comfortable when visiting us and we are taking all the necessary COVID-19 safety measures. From guidance on social distancing, to advanced cleaning, face shields for staff and more, you can read all of our Coronavirus safety measures online ahead of your visit.
We’ve also published a handy step-by-step guide so you can benefit from a walk-through of where to go and what to do. We know it can be a big step visiting places in a new post-lockdown landscape and, especially if this is your first time visiting Shakespeare’s Globe, we want to ensure that you feel guided and well looked after.
Whilst we’re on the subject of things reopening… we are delighted to share that our online shop is back up and running, and the Swan Bar & Restaurant has reopened – taking reservations online and trying to accommodate you ‘on the day’ if they can.
With their new opening times, new menus and a new COVID-19 safety policy, the staff at Swan are ready to welcome you back into their beautiful spaces (they are also taking part in Eat Out to Help Out).
Alongside this exciting announcement, we must remind you that we are not completely ‘reopening’. All other indoor spaces at Shakespeare’s Globe remain closed to the public, like our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Cafe, on-site Shop, Box Office and most of our staff offices. Our Globe Theatre remains closed for performances.
The spread of COVID-19 and our subsequent closure in March stopped all of our work in its tracks. We have continued to provide online education and entertainment to many during the pandemic, but we still need your help to secure our future.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our theatre for these tours, but as an organisation that generates 95% of income from theatre tickets and other on-site activities, as a company that has been losing nearly £2 million a month during the Coronavirus crisis, we have relied on your support to get us through this challenging time.
You can also support us in other ways. Especially those following our work from overseas can engage with the work we have been providing online.
Our video-on-demand platform Globe Player, for example, continues to be a destination for those looking to buy or rent videos of Shakespeare productions.
Our new online events programmes – which will soon include our recently-announced Shakespeare and Race festival with events starting on 21 August – has seen people from all over the world attend events, courses and discussions online from home.
Families have also been joining us for the Telling Tales workshops and storytelling sessions and there are still a few dates remaining for those who have missed out.
Whether you’re visiting us for a tour, watching an event from afar or listening to one of our podcasts, thank you for connecting with us during this journey and we look forward to taking this next step with you.