Her Majesty The Queen, 1926 – 2022

  We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen

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Today, Thursday 8 September, we are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

During her extraordinary and historic reign, we were honoured to have her officially open the Globe Theatre on 12 June 1997. She was accompanied by Prince Philip, who served as our Royal Patron for over 40 years.

A remarkable and devoted Queen, she will be greatly missed worldwide.

We join His Majesty The King, the Royal Family, and the nation in their grief and offer our heartfelt condolences.

Her Majesty the Queen watches a performance in the Gentleman's Box of the Globe Theatre.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe, 12 June 1997. Photographer: Richard Kalina

‘The passing of Her Majesty the Queen is not only an extraordinary moment in our time, it is an extraordinary moment in all time. Shakespeare, like so many of us, had only ever known female rule, and 400-years later, as the second Elizabethan Age comes to an end, we find ourselves seeing the history books being written and re-written once again.

Shakespeare tried to make sense of the ever-changing world in front of him by looking at worlds which had been before. He found inexhaustible material in the connection between the past and present, and at the heart of those connections was an endless curiosity in the British Monarchy.

Through poetry and play, Shakespeare examined the power of this ‘figure of God’s majesty’, explored the potency of the ‘royal throne of Kings’, embraced the theatricality of ‘the tide of pomp, that beats upon the high shore of this world’, and asked endless questions of the ‘head that wears the crown’.

If we turn to Shakespeare, we’ll find he too felt the magnitude of historic change. He considered all points of view, and in his work, we may find some perspective in his poetry, some comfort in his curiosity, and some meaning in his unanswered questions as he tries to make connections between the past, the present and the people who define them. Somewhere in that connection is also the hope as we look to the future, whose story is now waiting to be told.’

— Michelle Terry, Artistic Director

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember

— Hamlet, Act IV scene 5

A strip of film photographs showing Her Majesty The Queen attending the opening of the Globe Theatre, including: Her Majesty The Queen travelling by boat with a guard of Royal attendants; a close-up of Her Majesty The Queen smiling.

A series of archival photographs of Her Majesty The Queen attending the opening of the Globe Theatre.

Book of Condolence

Our Globe Theatre’s ‘Groundling Gates’ will be adorned with rosemary wreaths for remembrance, and visitors are invited to sign the book of condolence in the Globe Theatre foyer.

Performances during National Mourning

Out of respect for Her Majesty The Queen, we have decided to cancel our 25th Anniversary celebration on Sunday 18 September.

On the day of Her Majesty’s State Funeral, Monday 19 September, the Globe will be closed and all activity, including performances, guided tours and events, will also be cancelled.

Ticket holders will be contacted directly with next steps for their bookings.

In accordance with the wishes of the Royal household and government guidance, all other performances at the Globe will continue as scheduled during this period of National Mourning.

If you’re visiting us during this time, or will be in the Bankside area, please read the following information ahead of your visit.

Zoë Wanamaker welcomes and greets Her Majesty The Queen at the official opening of the Globe Theatre. They stand face to face in a foyer space, smiling, with other guests around them.

Zoë Wanamaker welcomes Her Majesty The Queen at the official opening of the Globe Theatre, 12 June 1997. Photographer: Richard Kalina