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Shakespeare's Globe

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Much Ado About Nothing Act IV, Scene II

  • Ralph Heimans
  • Exhibition_Wolfson_Gallery_Nov15
  • Exhibition_PoetPainter_Gallery_Nov15
  • Exhibition/Wolfson 2
  • Exhibition/Wolfson 4


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


'Shakespeare Revisited' by Ralph Heimans

In association with publisher Random House, Ralph Heimans has painted a series of portraits of celebrated authors commissioned to rewrite a Shakespeare play in prose, as part of Shakespeare400. Each portrait examines the essential nature of the author, their work, and the play they have chosen to re-tell. The art of reinterpretation is a central theme underpinning the artist's portrayal of the authors and highlights the way in which Shakespeare continues to flourish across contemporary culture. Ralph Heimans is best known for his Diamond Jubilee portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, in the collection of Westminster Abbey. You can see his remarkable portraits of Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, Gillian Flynn, Howard Jacobson, Jo Nesbø and Anne Tyler in the Globe Exhibition until 2 May 2016.

'Late leaves' from the collection of John Wolfson

John Wolfson began collecting rare books in 1970, and his remarkable collection now includes the First, Second, Third and Fourth Shakespeare Folios and over 150 quarto editions of plays printed before 1642. In 2009, John Wolfson announced that he would bequeath his collection to the Globe: an exceptionally generous gift that will enrich Globe Education’s research programme and provide students, scholars and theatre artists with access to key early modern texts. Complementing performances in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a small selection of quartos and folio leaves from the collection are displayed in the Upper Foyer.

The Poet and the Painter

Completed by London-born artist Ronnie Copas in 1997, the year in which the Globe Theatre was officially opened, ‘The Poet and the Painter’ is a large, colourful oil painting which celebrates Shakespeare’s work by depicting a scene from each of his 37 plays. It was commissioned and co-devised by Robert Pennant Jones, who has kindly lent it for public display. The painting can be seen in the Bullring, below the Globe’s main foyer.


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. 


'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.


Henslowe's rose: theatrical treasure from dulwich college, 11 May - 29 June

The great actor Edward Alleyn used part of his theatrical fortune to build a school in 1619, known today as Dulwich College. His gift also included personal effects, manuscripts and the diary owned by his father-in-law, Philip Henslowe. The diary provides unique insights into the running of the Rose Playhouse. Some of the Henslowe/Alleyn treasures are displayed by kind permission of the Master. 

shakespeare rediscovered in st-omer, 4 july - 4 september

In September 2014 the Librarian in St-Omer stumbled across a book on the shelves which turned out to be a hitherto unknown copy of the 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. Before the discovery only 232 copies were known to have survived. The world can now boast a 233rd. The St-Omer Folio will be the centrepiece of a special exhibition which will place the 1623 volume in context of other important books and folios of the time.