Should you bother visiting Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London? I mean, it’s not like it’s the original Globe theatre as that was turned into a car park (I know, dry your eyes, what’s done is done).
I have to say a resounding yes! This outing was a bucket list item for me. I could live with not seeing the Queen or her castle and palaces, I could even deal with missing out on Baker St (which I didn’t and you can read about it here <insert link>). What I didn’t realise, however, was how much my enthusiasm for Shakespear had rubbed off on Pip or how interesting Craig would find it, after all, he was maths/sciences to my arts/humanities, during our informative years.
What do you get for your time (and money)?
I did actually think that we’d just be seeing a reproduction theatre, and that would be it. Stage, seating, standing gallery (for the unwashed masses). That was enough for me. Yes, yes and I’m a total geek who wanted to stand where David Tennant stood as the 9th Doctor in The Shakespeare Code, I’m a simple girl, with simple pleasures.
The theatre is located on the River Thames, in the Bankside Cultural Quarter. It’s surrounded by cafes and restaurants for families and upwards. There is so much to see and do in this general area that it makes a fantastic family day out. Pip spent an hour or so scurrying around the banks of Thames, at low tide, collecting all sorts of wonderful treasures.
But, back to the Globe. Do the tour, actually, I don’t think you have much other choice, but it’s worth it. It’s informative and comes with complimentary audio guides for multiple languages. Although not as entertaining as the one at The Tower of London, it was still amusing and full of little known facts.
While you aren’t allowed on the stage or backstage, you do get to sit in the stalls and stand right by the stage and there is no limit to how many photographs you can take at this time (you can’t take photos during the show so this is your chance to capture some memories).
Following your tour, you get to do the exhibition, in your own time. And wow, what a fantastic surprise that was. If you’re a history buff, a lover of all things Victorian Era or a budding thespian, this will blow you away. Costumes, engineering, arts, crafts, furniture, musical instruments, models, hands on exhibits, tools, and more. All three of us found something that peaked our interest.
I highly recommend this from many educational points from fashion and costuming, theatre studies (obviously), but most definitely for studies in Victorian Era history. And if you aren’t after an educational lift, it’s just plan fascinating.
Read about our return trip to see A Midsummer Nights Dream here.