we have the exhibition to examine
Much Ado About Nothing Act IV, Scene II
SPECIAL TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS
Alongside the permanent exhibition, we also have special temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year.
Tom De Freston: Paintings After Shakespeare
From 4 November to 20 December 2013, the Globe Exhibition presents a selection of new large-scale paintings by Tom de Freston, produced over the last two years, continuing the artist’s engagement with tragedy in literature. Shakespeare’s plays have long been a rich source of inspiration for de Freston’s experiments with essential themes of humanity such as self‐reflection, conflict, loss, fear and mortality. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Macbeth are drawn upon widely in these works, with recognisable nods to Lear and the Fool in the storm and Gloucester at the cliffs of Dover. Admission to this temporary display is included in your ticket to the Globe Exhibition.
SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE
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 is now well underway on the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and a temporary display is charting the construction progress, updated as the work continues during this summer and as the new indoor playhouse is prepared for performances to begin in January. For a brief background to the project please download the leaflet from the downloads list on the right.
THE NEW ZEALAND HANGINGS
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.
GLOBE TO GLOBE: THE FESTIVAL IN FOCUS
'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.