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Shakespeare's Globe

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

Romeo and Juliet

Act 1, Scene 2 

Sunday 19 April

11.00am - 5.00pm (last admission at 4.30pm)

  • Shakespeare's birthday/2015/cg

Please note: this event has passed.

FREE FAMILY OPEN DAY

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday at our free, fun packed day with activities for all the family.

To mark the mid-point of our two year Globe to Globe Hamlet tour, this year’s party will be themed around the world’s most famous Danish prince. An Elsinore bouncy castle, the grave diggers’ ball pit, a skull coconut shy, face painting and cake decorating are just some of the activities taking place alongside special performances on the Globe stage.

The Globe Exhibition will also be open to visit free of charge, where the secrets of stage fighting will be revealed in live demonstrations. With all these events, and many more, Shakespeare’s Birthday Party is a perfect family adventure.

Please note: there is no advance booking for this event and that last admission will be at 4.30pm.

Film Screenings

In addition to all of our free events, for £5, experience several iconic Hamlet film screenings. Watch one film all the way through or drop in and out of several screenings. The line up features acclaimed screen interpretations from Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli and Kenneth Branagh, as well as Disney’s family reimagining, The Lion King. Screenings start from 11.30am.

Please note: There is no advance booking for the film screenings and each screening has a limited capacity.  

Film schedule

Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948)
12.00pm and 2.45pm (running time 2 hours 40 mins)

Franco Zeffireli’s Hamlet (1990)
12.30pm and 2.45pm (running time 2 hours 9 minutes)

Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (1996)
1.00pm (running time 3 hours 52 mins)

Disney’s The Lion King (1994)
11.30am and 1.05pm (running time 1 hour 29 mins)

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