South Bank | London
The best way to spendeth a Summers evening is watching a playeth at Shakespeare’s Globe! I have been twice now, to see A Midsummer Nights Dream last year, and Romeo & Juliet this year. Both shows were equally incredible! I was a bit apprehensive at first as I think I studied Shakespeare at school about 15 years ago so was worried I wouldn’t be able to follow. However each show had a modern day twist (think the Romeo & Juliet move with lovely Leo), with current references keeping our attention, and more importantly, keeping us entertained!
Located on the Southbank, the Globe itself is an impeccable reconstruction of what the original playhouse. Positioned 230m from the original site, it holds 1400 guests (compared to the 3000 of the original) and has original styling such as a thatched roof (the first permitted in London since the Great Fire of 1666), Tudor-esque black beams, and is solely made of wood.
The outer half of the venue is seated with simple wooden benches (cushions are available to hire) and covered. The inner circle is standing, and surrounds the stage. The best thing about this – if you have the endurance, is that standing tickets are only £5. Yes, you read that correctly! Although, be warned – Shakespeare didn’t rush his stories, and plays are generally around three hours long (including a short interval). Plenty of water and a sun hat is recommended if the weather is lovely, and a rain coat if not, as the standing area is open air and exposed! The play will go on whatever the weather! Seated tickets range from £20 – £50, depending on how good the view is. Both times I bought the £20 ‘restricted view’ tickets, and they were absolutely fine! It just meant that some of the stage was obstructed by a beam or something, but still well worth it as the actors also come out into the audience!
Each year The Globe has a run of about six different plays throughout the Summer – this years theme is the Summer Of Love.
I would recommend a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe to everyone, young and old! Even if you are not familiar with the story, they are performed in such a brilliant way I am almost certain you will get the gist of what is going on, and the experience of being in the playhouse, with an open air roof is worth it in itself! The reasonably priced tickets also mean that a trip to see Shakespeare can make for a cheap date night, or tourist activity in the capital!