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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Theatrically inclined visitors to London will delight in the relatively recently reconstructed replica of the Globe Theatre, with which the Bard was famously associated. Guided tours of the facility offer an unparalleled glimpse into the theatrical craft, culture and community that thrived during Shakespeare's day (and in response to the author's mighty quill).

Originally constructed in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company (the so-called Lord Chamberlain's Men), the structure was decimated by a fire 14 years later. A second structure was promptly erected, only to be closed in 1642, a mere 26 years after its founder's death.

A faithful replica of the structure (dubbed “Shakespeare's Globe”) was opened to the public in 1997, just 750 feet from the site of its predecessors. It offers the world's largest exhibition dedicated to the greatest scribbler in the English language, complete with actors, recordings and interactive displays. The official tour of the facility includes all-day access to the interactive exhibits, where you'll learn about the technical aspects involved in creating special effects and costumes more than 400 years ago, and listen to recordings of some of the most famous productions of the Bard's plays ever recorded.

A highly recommended upgrade to this tour includes a traditional British afternoon tea served at the Swan Brasserie or the theatre bar, where you'll be treated to views of the River Thames as well as your choice of refreshment, sandwiches and cakes.

Not to be overlooked are the regularly scheduled performances of the master's plays on the grounds of the Globe itself. Nighttime performances do take place (unlike in Shakespeare's day, when the lack of artificial lighting precluded the possibility), but it's fascinating nonetheless to witness the works performed in such an authentic setting.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition with Optional Afternoon Tea, London, null
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour and Exhibition with Optional Afternoon Tea

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1-2 hours

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Private Tour: The London of Shakespeare, the Beatles, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes by Traditional ... 
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Private Tour: The London of Shakespeare, the Beatles, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes by Traditional Black Cab

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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Tour with Thames River Cruise, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Tour with Thames River Cruise

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Enjoy two of London’s great attractions with this flexible tour of the river Thames and entrance to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Exhibition and Tour. Hop-on and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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Shakespeare Walking Tour in London, London, Day Cruises
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Shakespeare Walking Tour in London

Join us to learn more about Shakespeare and his time spent in London. Your fun and informative guide will take you to the places where the great Bard drank, ...  Read more

Location: Royal Borough of Greenwich, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London, London, Cultural Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Choose from a 3.5-hour or 7-hour tour completely customized tour. Explore central London taking in the major sights and hidden gems. Discover this fascinating ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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Private Tour: Half Day Sightseeing Tour of London, London, Custom Private Tours
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Private Tour: Half Day Sightseeing Tour of London

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Personalized Tour: London in a Day with a Local Insider Guide, London, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Personalized Tour: London in a Day with a Local Insider Guide

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Private Tour: Big Ben to Tower Bridge Walking Tour with a Local Guide in London, London, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Big Ben to Tower Bridge Walking Tour with a Local Guide in London

Experience London like a Londoner and unlock the secrets of the River Thames' south bank on this 4-hour private walking tour with local guide that takes you ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions, London, Walking ... 
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions

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Discover the joy of sightseeing with the London Pass, and enjoy free entry to 60 of its world-class sites like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Save ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, London, Sightseeing & City Passes
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

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Discover top London attractions at your leisure on this flexible open dated hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of London. With three family-friendly routes and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $33.29

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