Everything you need to know to plan your visit to Shakespeare’s Globe

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


Shakespeare’s Globe is located on the bank of the River Thames, London, in Bankside’s Cultural Quarter. Our address is 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT. This page includes everything you need to plan your visit to us.


Group tours

From theatre performances in our Globe Theatre and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to Guided Tours, family events, talks, courses, workshops and more. Browse the What’s On section of our website to explore things to do at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Arrival time

Latecomers to performances may be asked to wait until a suitable point in the production before entering the theatre. In these circumstances, your original seats may not be accessible and sadly we cannot always guarantee that a suitable point in the production will occur. To avoid any disappointment, please always arrive in plenty of time before the performance.


The Globe Theatre is open-air so please dress for the weather. Unless otherwise notified by us, performances and tours will continue regardless, in all weather conditions.

Those in seats will be under the protection of a sound roof. Those standing in the yard are at the mercy of the elements. No umbrellas are allowed to be put up in the yard at any time.

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is an indoor venue with a temperature controlled air handling system.

Luggage & Cloakroom

We currently have enhanced security, with all bags being checked before performances. We also limit the size of bags that can be brought on to the site and cannot admit oversized bags. Find out more about our security procedure and maximum bag size.

If you’re attending a performance in the Globe Theatre or the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a cloakroom is available (£2 per item). There is no cloakroom facility on site for those attending a tour.


Photography and video recording is not permitted during a performance. Video recording is not permitted on a guided tour and photography may be restricted at certain times (for example if a workshop or rehearsal is in progress). Your tour guide will advise you.

If you have a question about visiting us that is not covered here, please read our FAQs or do not hesitate to contact us.