Chance to glimpse Shakespeare's world at The Globe

Shakespeare s Globe Exhibition and Theatre Tour will be open throughout the summer half-term (May 31  –June 4) and is a perfect destination for families wishing to discover more about Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. New for 2010,

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Theatre Tour will be open throughout the summer half-term (May 31 -June 4) and is a perfect destination for families wishing to discover more about Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. New for 2010, vouchers for the Exhibition (including family tickets) can be purchased online from www.globe-shop.com. Vouchers are valid up to three months from the date of purchase and give visitors �1 off the entrance gate price.

During half-term, regular live demonstrations are included in the entry price to the Exhibition. Especially suitable for family groups are storytelling sessions with one of the exhibition's expert storytellers. Live sword fighting demonstrations bring to life Elizabethan swordplay and stage combat and Elizabethan dressing uses clothes from the Globe Theatre wardrobe to explain the intricacies of dressing and the significance of clothing to Elizabethan society. Using a full-size recreation of a 17th Century printing press, printing demonstrations will show visitors the sophisticated methods behind the production of playtexts and books

When there are no theatre performances, entry to the exhibition includes a 30 minute tour of the Globe. During matinee performances, guided tours will visit the archaeological site of the Rose Theatre, built in 1587 on Bankside. Discovered in 1989 The Rose is the only Elizabethan theatre that has been excavated on a large scale, providing the Globe reconstruction project with valuable information about how Elizabethan theatres were designed.

The 2010 theatre season entitled 'Kings and Rogues' opened on Shakespeare's birthday, Friday 23 April. The plays will include Macbeth, Henry VIII, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 as well as a revival of The Merry Wives of Windsor. There will also be two new plays - Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton, and Bedlam by Nell Leyshon.


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