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Christmas 2011 at Shakespeare's Globe

THIS Christmas and New Year Shakespeare’s Globe will celebrate the winter season with a range of activities and entertainment across the site.

Visitors can explore Shakespeare’s London with a visit to the exhibition and theatre tour throughout the festive season and enjoy the annual A Concert for Winter.

As well as these activities, Swan at the Globe will keep the winter chills away with a selection of food and drink served within the renowned bar and brasserie, and Shakespeare’s Globe shop will offer Christmas shoppers a unique range of gift ideas and decorations.

A Concert for Winter, Globe Education’s annual event, will take place on Thursday, December 8 at 1pm, when groups from across Southwark will come together to make the Globe stage their own.

This season, A Concert for Winter will provide a banquet of music, song and festivity which will celebrate the work and creativity of Southwark community groups and schools.

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance by emailing community@shakespearesglobe.com.

The popular Frost Fair exhibition will return to Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition from December 1, 2011 to January 2, 2012. This fascinating and temporary exhibition showcases traditional London winters from Elizabethan Frost Fairs to Christmas’ of the late 1800’s.

Frost Fair’s were held on the tideway of London’s River Thames between the 15th and 19th Centuries when the river froze over. The Frost Fair looks at this great tradition – where streets of stalls and booths stretched from bank to bank offering gifts, food and clothing. Entertainments such as bear-baiting, skating and puppet shows also made their way on to the river.

Open throughout the year, Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition and Tour offers the perfect day out for the whole family.

The Exhibition presents the rich story of the Globe and brings Shakespeare’s world to life using modern technology and traditional crafts. Travelling through interactive displays, visitors explore areas of costume, music and special effects, and are invited to take part in a fascinating half-hour tour of the Globe Theatre.

The tour takes visitors through the auditorium with Guide-storytellers recreating colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and how the ‘wooden O’ works as an imaginative and experimental space today.

Winter opening times (November 2011 to February 2012): 10am – 5pm. Tours depart on the hour and half hour between 10.30am and 5pm.

This Christmas a special Activity Weekend will be held on December 17 and 18. Included in the price of a standard exhibition ticket, families can enjoy a range of activities including live sword fighting demonstrations, Elizabethan costume dressing and printing demonstrations using a full-size recreation of a 17th Century printing press.

Shakespeare’s Globe Shop is open to the public daily between 10am to 6pm and offers a vast selection of merchandise relating to one of Britain’s most loved playwrights, thereby providing unique Christmas present ideas. The shop’s fresh approach to design ensures that the products on sale are exclusive to the Globe and specially commissioned ranges offer customers modern interpretations that celebrate some of the best known lines ever written.

Items can also be bought online at www.globe-shop.com.

From October to December Globe Education is presentsing Shakespeare and The Banquet of the Senses.