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Shakespeare's Globe exhibition and tour (Easter '11)

GLOBE Exhibition and Tour at Shakespeare’s Globe will be open throughout the Easter period, offering visitors access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked.

Between April 8 and April 26, a rolling programme of live demonstrations suitable for the whole family will be included in the price of the entry ticket, bringing 16th-century theatre crafts and staging to life. Activities include sword fighting, costume dressings and printing press demonstrations.

Situated underneath the Globe Theatre and open throughout the year, Globe Exhibition explores the rich story of the Globe and brings Shakespeare’s world to life through the use of modern technology and traditional crafts. Visitors journey through interactive displays, exploring areas of costume, music and special effects.

Also included with the exhibition ticket is a tour of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. The Guide-storytellers take visitors on a half-hour tour of the auditorium, presenting stories of the 1599 Globe and the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works as an imaginative and experimental space today.

Sword fighting explores Elizabethan stage combat and costume dressing uses clothes from the Globe Theatre wardrobe to explain the intricacies of dressing actors and the significance of clothing to Elizabethan society.

Printing demonstrations are available using a full-size recreation of a 17th-century printing press and show how Shakespeare’s plays were presented by his contemporaries, sometimes imperfectly, and ultimately preserved for future generations.

Beyond Globe Exhibition and Tour, Shakespeare’s Globe offers a range of unique gifts in the Globe Shop. Situated on the first floor of the theatre foyer, it offers a wide range of Shakespeare-inspired gifts, jewellery, clothing and books available in-store and online at www.globe-shop.com.

The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Bar and Brasserie has wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames and provides modern British menus, wines, ales and cocktails in a stylish setting. For reservations please call 020 7928 9444.

Tickets: Adults £11.50; Children (aged 5 – 15) £7; Students (with valid ID) £10; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £32.

Opening Times: 9am – 5.30pm (last theatre tour is at 5pm).

For more information call 020 7902 1500.

The Word Is God 2011 theatre season.