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  • Globe to Globe: The Festival in Focus

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Much Ado About Nothing Act IV, Scene II

  • Exhibition / Chris Duggan
  • Exhibition / Chris Duggan 2
  • Exhibition / Chris Duggan 3
  • Exhibition / Chris Duggan 4


Alongside the permanent exhibition, we also have special temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year.



Until 4 January 2015, the Globe Exhibition is delighted to present a diverse selection of work by artist and award-winning illustrator Chris Duggan. Seeing every Shakespeare production in the Globe Theatre since 1996, Chris has recorded them – mostly from memory – in his many sketchbooks, and about 200 of his lively and evocative sketches are displayed, alongside ink and watercolour illustrations of some of the distinctive actors in character who have brought alive the Globe's stage in the last 18 years. "The Globe's productions reveal Shakespeare like no other theatre and amongst the groundlings there is a very inclusive feeling of being in the action". Chris's pictures have appeared in many publications over the years, from Vogue to Punch, where for a time he was the cinema artist; he has worked for the Independent, Telegraph, FT, and for the last ten years has been Business Cartoonist at The Times. Admission to this temporary display is included in your ticket to the Globe Exhibition.


Our founder Sam Wanamaker’s vision for the Shakespeare Globe project did not only include the open-air stage of the ‘wooden O’. The Globe Theatre – one of the most iconic and atmospheric performance venues in London – is only half the story. Building work for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is now complete and performances have begun. A temporary display in the Globe exhibition charts the construction process of this ambitious project. For a brief background to the project please download the leaflet from the downloads list on the right.


These four beautiful works of art depicting Hercules, Atlas, Venus and Adonis are a permanent feature in the Globe Exhibition. The Hangings, created between January 1990 and April 1991 by 500 embroiderers are made from world famous New Zealand wool. They were unveiled by the Globe's patron HRH Prince Philip and in June 1997, where they adorned the frons scenae throughout the fortnight-long Festival of Firsts to celebrate the official opening of the Globe Theatre.


'Their memory shall as a pattern or a measure live' (Henry IV, Part 2)

The Globe to Globe festival was a once-in-a-lifetime marathon, we saw over six hundred actors perform in the Globe’s ‘wooden O’, led by many of the world’s greatest directors to present fourteen world premières to over 85,000 people. Shakespeare’s Globe commissioned a team of leading theatre photographers – Simon Annand, Marc Brenner, John Haynes, Simon Kane and Ellie Kurttz – to capture the action on stage, the reactions from audiences and some of the stories behind the scenes. This striking portfolio of photographs has been collected together in a new exhibition, Globe to Globe: The Festival in Focus, housed in the entrance area to the main Globe Exhibition.