From Glyndebourne to Glastonbury - A social calendar for the 21st century
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Season
23 April, 2012 - 03 June, 2012
This unique venue, which opened in 1997, represents a labour of love by American actor and director Sam Wannamaker, who wanted to commemorate the fact that William Shakespeare worked in the Bankside area of London, as the resident playwright for The Lord Chamberlain's Men, who were based in the original Globe Theatre.
The result is a painstaking replica of the 17th-century open-air theatre, complete with thatched roof. There's a permanent exhibition here, but the real interest is undoubtedly the theatre season (April-October), when world-class performers interpret several works by Shakespeare as well as new plays.
The main theatre season, which begins on 7 June, features Dominic Domgoole's new production of Henry V, Richard III with Mark Rylance in the title role, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew.
Ticket prices range from around £15 to £35 for covered seating, or there are cheaper standing tickets; shows continue regardless of rain and last two to three hours. Many spectators opt to stand in the yard since they can move around at will to get the best views. The venue has its own bar and brasserie.
The dates for the 2013 theatre season are yet to be announced.