Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has been on my ‘London list’ for years. I’ve walked past the Globe theatre countless times, always mumbling to myself that I should really get there this year, time goes by and plays come and go but this year I vowed to make it happen, I wrote it in a blog post so it had to happen.
Finally myself and some friends booked tickets to a show. I can’t say I’m a huge Shakespeare fan, I studied Macbeth in fifth form at school and I love Leo in Romeo + Juliet but that’s about as far as my knowledge goes. So I was a little nervous to say the least about attending one of Shakespeare’s plays but at least I knew the story, I’m not sure I can bear sitting through a show I don’t know as I genuinely don’t think I could follow.
We were lucky that it was a fairly mild night, we arrived at the Globe Theatre after a quick dinner at Pizza Express (thank you taste card) and went straight to our seats. We all decided we didn’t want to be down the front standing for hours while we watched the show so we went for the best seats we could find. They were £35, on the top floor and in the front row. I can assure you now it was worth spending the money. We had excellent seats and a great view of the whole stage. It is possible to nab tickets for £10 but you will be standing and for 5 ft nothing me that is just not an option.
Just being inside the Globe theatre was fascinating, you can see how well they have tried to keep this as true to the real one as possible. The Globe Theatre opened in 1997 mere feet from where the original was back in the 1600’s.
The show commenced bang on time and it began with a little musical number, the actors were jumping about the stage and into the crown and already it was exciting. The first half of the show lasted around an hour and a half. I was entertained, it was funny and I knew what was going on (bonus). The oddest thing was that the Globe Theatre is clearly on a flight path so literally every 3 minutes there was a plane going over, I felt sorry for the poor actors because when there was a plane overhead it was pretty hard to hear anything.
There was a break and a chance to grab a drink, hit the shop or get a cushion if your bum couldn’t take the wooden seat. I chose to go into the shop and purchase some post cards. For some reason this is something I do now, along with fridge magnets, I have no explanation for this.
The second half was entertaining but once the sun had set it was noticeably cooler and I definitely didn’t have enough layers on but the play overall was enjoyable and I’m so pleased I got to see such an iconic play at the most famous theatre. I left feeling like I’d had a genuine Shakespearian experience but I’m not about to start booking the next play (if you know what I mean). I do recommend going, I do recommend getting a seat and if you can get a nice sunny day and warm evening The Globe Theatre will be even better.
Have you been to the Globe Theatre? What did you see?