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“Globe Tour wasn't worth it”

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Ranked #98 of 1 906 things to do in London
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Owner description: Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education.Together, the Globe Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We took the tour on a Monday afternoon. After the tour started we were told actors were in the theater rehearsing and our guide may not be able to point out the areas inside the theater, if they were in the process of rehearsing. She provided a fast-paced recap of what we would see once inside the theater prior to us entering, in case she couldn't speak inside the theater. Since she was able to speak we basically heard the same overview again. Although the actors weren't rehearsing they were sitting in a section of the theater and our guide kept scolding us not to take any pictures that included the actors. So all cameras needed to be pointed at the tour guide or at the center of the stage. If our guide felt a camera was straying from this she stopped her overview and scolded the group again. We were in and out of the theater in minutes, since the actors could start rehearsing at any moment. Once out of the theater our guide then went on a sales pitch selling performance tickets, pointing out the cafe and the store. On the website there is a disclaimer this is a working theater so sometimes tours may not be available or affected by technical work in the theater. If you plan on taking this tour I would ask before it started, is there any activity in the theater that could impact the tour.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bmac243
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Wow, what a show, held in the Evening and well worth the effort. This was a bucket list item and is lived up to expectations. The toilets were lean with plenty of time during the intermission. great atmosphere.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Ducknzzz
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

We were lucky enough to have a fantastic tour guide showing us round the theatre. It does make a difference when they are really interested. It was fun learning about how the audience behaved in Shakespeare's time too. I don't think we would like to have been groundlings, standing in the yard then, with the smells of the great unwashed, eating garlic to ward off the plague. Then there was the lack of toilets in that time.The wood chips on the ground were there for a reason......
Nice clean toilets now though.

The recreation of Shakespeare's theatre is fascinating. We watched a rehearsal in progress, where the principal actress couldn't keep a straight face and the whole cast ended up in fits of laughter. Great fun.
Don't miss it!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lucia2Uk
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Being a local resident and regular attender for the last 15 years at Shakespeare's Globe, the performance of Hamlet ranked as the worst I have seen. Michelle Terry, along with the actor/Ophelia, also the actor /Horatio (whose voice was inaudible) were worse than learner understudies. The rest of the cast were however good. The mixture of costumes (modern and Elixabethan) was discordant. Where were the props, where was the novelty and magic in this production? (Sir) Mark Rylance would be horrified at how far this production in The Globe, where he first directed, has fallen.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

If you're a theatre lover and visiting London, The Globe is a must visit simply to experience what the theatre was like in Shakespeare's day. To be honest, I don't think I'd want to go back because the seating, while no doubt authentic, is uncomfortable even with a rented cushion. I managed to get the least uncomfortable seat for my seventy-four-year-old body -- at the very back at the end of a row so that you have support for your back and room to stretch your legs. We saw 'As You Like It', cleverly staged and performed to a full house in a wonderful atmosphere. From my middle gallery seat acoustics were great. All in all, a wonderful experience.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Peterdl2013
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