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Discover Shakespeare’s Globe theatre

Discover Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - image of the Globe Theatre in London.

What’s the idea?

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a national treasure. Sadly closed at present due to the effects of the Covid-19 virus, it is in need of our support.

What’s the story?

One of my most treasured memories is of a milestone birthday I spent with my late brother.

Along with my partner, he had arranged a surprise limousine trip to London.

A visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre along the banks of the Thames was the highlight of the day.

We all loved Shakespeare and in this unique setting, it was wonderful. Touring the building itself was just as fascinating.

This Summer it is still possible to watch and discover all Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has to offer – from the comfort of your home.

Watch:

Enjoy some of the best Royal Shakespeare Company productions filmed at Shakespeare’s Globe. Several are being streamed for free on BBC iPlayer and YouTube.

Many more watch-on-demand performances are available to rent or buy from Globe Player.

Globe to Globe’ features international productions of the plays.

Discover:

Feel what it’s like to be there. Take a virtual tour of the building – a close replica of the original Elizabethan theatre.

Constructed in oak in a circular design with an open roof, The Globe retains it’s original nickname, ‘The Wooden O’.

Learn more by reading or listening to interesting and informative articles on the website. Educational resources include textbooks and a link to a full teaching website.

Want to have fun with all the family? Go to The Playground! Join in Shakespeare-themed activities with games, recipes, crafts, videos on props and costumes and much more.

People should do this because…?

Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers of all time.

The Globe helps keep The Bard alive and relevant today but in a Tudor-style setting.

This unique building is in danger of permanent closure.

Donate or join Globe Player online to support the Shakespeare Trust.

How do you do it?

Go to the Shakespeare’s Globe website.

Watch these plays on BBC iPlayer’s ‘Culture in Quarantine’ series:

  • The Tempest
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

See more on the Globe YouTube channel as ‘YouTube Premieres’.

Rent or buy from Globe Player’s video-on-demand platform (£4.99 – £12.99).

Get in the mood. Dress and eat Tudor style. Download some Elizabethan music.

Make a Swedish strawberry Midsummer Eve cake.

Best of all – Do the JIG!

When I saw Julius Caesar in 1999 it was Shakespeare’s birthday too (b. 1599). To mark this event the production ended with a jig as performed in Shakespeare’s day.

See Mark Rylance and the Company’s 2003 performance of the jig. Anyone who has been to a Jewish or Greek wedding should have no trouble in learning it.

Stuff you may need

  • Laptop or other device with an internet connection
  • Tudor music, food and costumes
  • Play notes

Links to other Stuffer pages

Explore Google Arts and Culture

Enjoy the Royal Shakespeare Company at home.

Links to other articles on the web

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Globe-Theatre

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globe_Theatre

Links to other videos on the web

Links to books

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