Shakespeare’s Globe to close until further notice

  When we meet again, why, we shall smile

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Photograph of the Globe Theatre exterior

Shakespeare’s Globe. Photographer: Clive Sherlock

Shakespeare’s Globe has taken the difficult but responsible decision to close our doors to the public, with performances, events and tours being cancelled until further notice.

As you can imagine, this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a responsible and necessary one as we consider the safety and well-being of both the public and staff.

Whilst our doors are closed, our hearts, minds and imaginations are very much open, and we are finding and creating ways in which to stay connected with you, and as importantly, ways for you to stay connected with us.

We’ll continue to share stories via our social media platforms and on our blog, and you can relive some of our iconic productions via Globe Player, our video-on-demand service, as well as listening to episodes of our podcast, Such Stuff.

Neil Constable, Patrick Spottiswoode and Michelle Terry in the Globe Theatre

Neil Constable, Patrick Spottiswoode and Michelle Terry in the Globe Theatre.

We hope to open the doors to our wooden O as soon as possible but in this unprecedented time for theatre, and as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations to help us to continue to strive in the future.

We produce award-winning productions, projects such as Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank ensure 20,000 free tickets go to school children, we have a world-class Higher Education and Research facility keeping us up to date with the latest in Shakespearean studies. In all, we provide activities for young and old, visitors and neighbours, doing our best to bolster the UK’s cultural offering via the world’s greatest playwright, Shakespeare.

We remain one of the most affordable and accessible theatres in the UK, despite many pressures, managing to retain our £5 Groundling ticket and over 50% of tickets in the Globe Theatre at £25 or less. Without your support, we will be unable to continue this work.

Shakespeare gave us the gift of stories, and stories have never been more important than now. We ask at this time of huge risk to our beloved theatre that you donate if you can. Any amount, large or small, will be hugely appreciated.

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin” and true to our nature we will do our best to continue making Shakespeare accessible to you all in these extraordinary times, until we are able to welcome you into the theatre once again.

With love, solidarity and thanks to you all from the whole Globe family.

The words: when we meet again, why, we shall smile




After the most challenging year in our charity’s history, we still need our supporters to help us recover.

Please donate to help fund the future of Shakespeare’s Globe.