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READ NOT DEAD

Shakespeare’s Globe has taken the difficult but responsible decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours.

As you can imagine, this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a necessary one as we consider the safety and well-being of both the public, staff and volunteers.

We hope to open the doors to our wooden O as soon as possible – but in this unprecedented time for theatre, and as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations to help us to continue to strive in the future.

We ask at this time of huge risk to our beloved theatre that you donate if you can. Any amount, large or small, will be hugely appreciated.

With love, solidarity and thanks to you all from the whole Globe family.

If   when we meet again, why, we shall smile

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Our script-in-hand reading series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a spotlight on Nathan Field, actor and writer and Elizabethan rebel. Field’s first ever play opened our first season of Read Not Dead in 1995, and his final play, The Fatal Dowry, will end his year’s series. (Venue and dates for this reading are tbc – bookmark this page for updates)

The Read Not Dead ground rules are simple. Actors rehearse the play once and present it, script in hand, to an audience later that day.

The performances are instinctive, adrenaline driven and inventive.

Actors and audiences alike share in the excitement of reviving these forgotten plays that definitely deserve to be Read Not Dead.

The Queen of Corinth

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this hard hitting tale of war and peace by Fletcher, Massinger and Nathan Field.

Rarely Played: The Queen of Corinth

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Discover more about The Queen of Corinth in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.

Four Plays in One

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this scrpit-in-hand quartet of short playlets by Jonson, Fletcher and Nathan Field.

Rarely Played: Four Plays in One

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Discover more about Four Plays in One in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.

Read Not Dead On The Road

Elsewhere
Celebrate Read Not Dead’s 25th Anniversary with this lively script in hand performance at the beautiful Gray’s Inn Hall.

Rarely Played On The Road

Elsewhere
Discover more about our On The Road play in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.