Shakespear's Globe Theater, London

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

~William Shakespeare

The bells of St. Paul’s Cathedral were pealing beautifully as we crossed the Millennium Bridge, walking in the direction of the Globe Theater. Did theater goers in Shakespeare’s time hear the same bells on their way to the theater? Miraculously for us we arrived, with five minutes to spare, for the last tour of the day. Our guide took us into the theater where we sat on the wooden benches and listened as she described the various aspects of the architecture of the stage and building itself. Did you know that the entire building is held together by wooden pegs rather than nails? They’ve tried to stay as true to the structure of the original theater as possible (the original burned to the ground, this is the second). Modern day requirements, however, such as fire suppression systems have been added. I also learned that the Black Friar’s theater is Shakespeare’s inside, candle-lit version of the in-the-round theater, however, Shakespeare was not able to complete that theater until the ban on play acting within the city walls of London was lifted. I made a mental note to see a play there if at all possible.  Our tour ended abruptly when the director preparing for the 2pm play walked to the edge of the stage and told all the tour groups in the audience it was time for them to vacate the arena so the actors could prepare.

Shakespeare Globe Theater
Inside Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

Since we had eaten an early lunch at 10am and it was 2pm when we left the Globe, we went in search of second lunch. According to the iPhone CityMapper app, we were relatively near to a restaurant that had been recommended to us.  Our path took us through the Borough Market, which was shoulder-to-shoulder people and food vendors! People lined the sidewalks, sitting on the curbs, stuffing themselves with food. Had we not had a recommendation I would have been happy to join them, as attempting to proceed through the crowd was nearly impossible! With hardly enough room squeeze to through the throngs, I wondered if this is what the Globe Theater’s standing room only area for the peasants had been like. People, food, noise, jostling…  I was suddenly appreciative that theater tickets for seating areas is no long unattainable for the masses. In fact, later in the week we planned to go see a play if we could get tickets for a decent price.

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Plan Your Visit

Read the book: William Shakespeare, The Complete Works (Purchase via Amazon *affiliate link)

Globe Theater Website

Suggested Related Sites

  • Black Friar’s Theater, London, England
  • Shakespeare’s Birth House, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
  • Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon

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  1. […] In London alone, there are more things to see than I can possibly list. To name a few, there are statues straight out of children’s fiction (including Paddington Bear & Peter Pan). For the Hogwarts student-at-heart (I belong in Gryffindor) there’s the not-to-be-missed Harry Potter Studio Tour. For the historical fiction lovers among us, there’s the Tower of London (made famous by dramatizations of incidents in its gruesome history such as King Richard III and the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower or the beheading of Henry VIII’s second wife, the unfortunate Anne Boleyn). And of course, speaking of dramatizations, we can’t forget William Shakespeare’s  Globe Theater. […]

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