Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that it is to reopen on Friday 21st of August 2020. The announcement follows the government’s decision to allow theatres to reopen where social distancing is possible.
The Bankside venue was forced to shut its doors in late March due to the Coronavirus Crisis, with the theatre’s entire summer season wiped out by the crisis.
As London continues to recover from the worst of the pandemic, however, the Globe has decided that the time is right to reopen. No live performances will take place for the foreseeable future, however, the theatre’s popular tours are back, with six different options to choose from on a daily basis.
The tours give visitors to the iconic theatre a chance to learn a little more about the world’s most famous playwright, and his life in Southwark. The tours also give an insight into life in Elizabethan England and the lowly status of acting companies during the period.
An exhibition on period costume and a display featuring unseen photographs of the Globe will also be on view. However, the big news is that, for the first time in its existence, Shakespeare’s Globe are giving visitors a chance to set foot on the world famous Globe stage itself.
The Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe, Neil Constable, had this to say about reopening the venue: “Reopening our wonderful tours, giving access to the stage to our visitors for the first time, and the opening of our online shop and the Swan Bar & Restaurant are all ways in which we hope to welcome more and more people back through our doors to safely enjoy culture and experience in our iconic space once again.
Shakespeare’s Globe tours run seven days a week with tickets bookable up to the 20th of September 2020. Places must be booked online in advance, however.
However, if all that walking makes you peckish, fortunately, you’re in luck. That’s because the Globe’s restaurant is back in business, too. The Swan is now open for advance bookings and the venue have said that they will try their best to cater to walk ins. The Swan is taking part in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, too, so the prices should be as tasty as the food!
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