Shakespeare's Globe

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  • 2016/AnnualReview

Every year, we publish our annual review covering the latest achievements and accounts of Shakespeares Globe.


We’re delighted to share our 2016 Annual Review, a colourful celebration of the breadth and depth of our activities last year.

2016 was a momentous year in which the world celebrated the richness of Shakespeare’s legacy 400 years after his death. Shakespeare’s Globe is proud to have played a part in those celebrations in 197 countries and led the central festivities in London, where Shakespeare wrote and worked.

Shakespeare’s Globe, which is self-funding and does not receive regular public subsidy, achieved a record income of £27million in 2016, an increase of 17 percent on the previous year with strong growth from all areas of our work.

There were 21 more performances in 2016; a total of 589 in the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Audience capacity across the Globe season was 93 percent and in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 98 percent. Theatre income was £15.5million, an increase of 20 percent on 2015. Globe Education contributed over £2million, an increase of 13 percent with continuing success in engaging students of all ages internationally. The Exhibition & Tour provided over £3million income, showing an increase of 9 percent on the previous year. Income from catering, hire facilities, merchandise, publications and music recordings was over £3.7million, an increase of 5 percent.

We engaged directly with over 1.25 million people and in addition with more than 5 million worldwide digitally, via cinema screenings and film downloads. In London, audiences for our plays approached half a million and represented 12 percent of London’s play-going. 

The diverse opinion expressed about the technological installations last year showed that the Globe is held culturally in a position of great national concern and we have reflected deeply on our mission. I am extremely sad that our decision to stage work without amplification and designed light beyond the 2017 season has led to Emma Rice's decision to stand down as Artistic Director in the spring of 2018. We are currently preparing the search for her successor.

While the figures above record our positive financial achievements in 2016, please look into the attached Annual Review to see the range of all our work, as well as a glimpse of our exciting plans for this year and beyond. We have made significant progress for the development of Project Prospero, our library, exhibition and centre for research, education and production. This will continue to be an important focus to deliver the final element in Sam Wanamaker’s enduring vision for Shakespeare’s Globe.


You can download our current and previous annual reviews from the right-hand column.