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Shakespeare's Globe

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Much Ado About Nothing Act IV, Scene II

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  • Exhibition/Judy Meuthen


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


Quartos 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 library 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 the quartos, including the first edition of John Ford's ’Tis Pity She's a Whore and the second edition of Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, is displayed in the Upper 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. 


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.


The Methuen Shakespeare

The discovery of a painted portrait that some experts believe is of Shakespeare has prompted the creation of a remarkable new sculpture by artist and Shakespeare lover Judy Methuen. The painting, discovered in a collection belonging to the Cobbe family of Newbridge House, near Dublin, is displayed at Hatchlands Park, a National Trust property in Surrey. Claims presented in March 2009 that it was painted from life could mean that the image is the closest there is to a photograph of Shakespeare, and have been an immense inspiration for Judy. The Globe Exhibition is delighted to present the Methuen Shakespeare Bronze and the story of its creation for our visitors between 20 April and 31 August 2015.