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Shakespeare's Globe

"I pray, come and crush a cup of wine"

Romeo and Juliet

Act 1, Scene 2 

  • Shakespeare Birthday


Monday 21 April
12 noon – 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm) 

Free open day for all of the family to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday we invite you to join our free family open day, packed with fun activities, performances and special ticket offers.

Shakespeare’s Birthday is a great way to introduce children to the Globe and Shakespeare, or simply to visit us in party mode.

Following the theme of a traditional birthday party activities throughout the day include: a bouncy castle, face painting, Pin the Ruff on the Bard, cake decorating, pass the parcel, stilt performers, balloon animals, Punch and Judy shows and more. This is also an opportunity to visit the biggest exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare’s London, for free. (Normal adult price £13.50)

The event culminates with performances on the stage. We welcome back improvisational geniuses School of Night where “everything is created on the spur of the moment according to ideas and suggestions proffered by the audience.” There will also be scenes from Shakespeare performed and traditional balloon modellers. Is it your birthday on 21 April? Let us know and you might end up on the stage too.

Special Birthday Offer

From 21-27 April all yard (standing) tickets for performances throughout April will be available for a reduced price of 450 pence (normal price £5).  This celebratory offer is available in person or over the telephone. Please quote ‘Birthday offer’ (subject to availability).

Box Office : 0207 401 9919