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Shakespeare's Globe - August family events

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SHAKESPEARE’s Globe Theatre is hosting a range of family activities every Tuesday and Thursday throughout August. Visitors can enjoy performances by Globe musicians, sword fighting demonstrations and costume dressings. They can also watch craftsmen use a pole lathe, an example of Elizabethan technology used in the Globe Theatre’s reconstruction.

All activities are included in the price of an exhibition ticket which also includes a tour of the Globe Theatre or the nearby site of the Rose Theatre on Bankside.

Previously Posted: Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition is currently showcasing a selection of woodcarvings by artist June Crisfield Chapmen. The works will be on display until Sunday, October 5, 2008.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s diverse range of work, including three plays performed in this year’s Theatre Season, subjects include the lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear‘s Fool and the witty Falstaff from The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The artist, whose work has also appeared at The National Theatre, has exhibited her wood engravings in one-woman shows, including the Glasgow City Gallery at Kelvingrove, the Walter Rothschild Museum (part of the Natural History Museum, London), and the Royal Botanic Garden Gallery, Edinburgh. Her work is in public collections such as the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and she is a regular speaker at The British Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

The newly re-imagined exhibition at Shakespeare’s Globe is the world’s largest exhibition devoted to Shakespeare and the London in which he lived and worked. Housed beneath the reconstructed Globe Theatre on Bankside, the exhibition explores the remarkable story of the Globe, and brings Shakespeare’s world to life using a range of interactive displays and live demonstrations.

Included with the exhibition is a fascinating tour of the Globe Theatre that will bring the extraordinary home of Shakespeare’s theatre to life. The Guides-storytellers take visitors on a fascinating half-hour tour of the auditorium, vividly recreating colourful stories of the 1599 Globe and the reconstruction process in the 1990s and of how the wooden ‘O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental space.

During matinee performances tours visit the nearby site of the Rose Theatre on Bankside.

The exhibition is open all year round.

Opening Hours: April 23 to October 5 – 9am to 12:30pm (exhibition and Globe Theatre Tour) and 1pm to 5pm (exhibition and tour of Rose Theatre Site). Opening hours are subject to change.

Tickets: Adults £10.50, Seniors (aged 60+) £8.50, Students (with valid ID) £8.50, Children (aged 5-15) £6.50, Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £28 (£30 with Guide Book). Admission is free for Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Groups are required to book in advance, and there must be a minimum of 15 people. Groups receive 1 free ticket in every 16.

For more information call 020 7902 1500 or visit the theatre’s excellent website.

Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT.

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