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We have a thriving community of scholars at Shakespeare’s Globe who lead research into Shakespeare in performance.

Architecture Research Group

The Architecture Research Group (ARG) was established to conduct or commission research into Elizabethan playhouse architecture. ARG then advise the board of the Shakespeare Globe Trust about developing the Globe theatre space in accordance with new research.

The ARG is currently researching three projects: The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, the interior decorative scheme at the reconstructed Globe, and the continued development of the “lower gallery” at the reconstructed Globe.

The group meet three times a year. If you are a scholar or PhD student researching Elizabethan playhouse architecture and would like to contribute to the research life at Shakespeare’s Globe, please contact us.

Doctoral Projects

Current Doctoral Projects include: An exploratory study of student responses to Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank as a curriculum intervention by Cathy Baldwin (2016 – ), The Dramaturgy of Feminine Historiography in Shakespeare’s History Plays by Hailey Bachrach (2017 – ), and Assimilation or Resistance: The Medicalised Body in 21st Century Shakespeare by Robin Craig (2017 – ).

Formal Doctoral Projects include: Repertory and the Production of Theatre Space at the Globe and the Blackfriars, 1599-1613 by Dr Sarah Dustagheer, Globe Audiences: Spectatorship and Reconstruction at Shakespeare’s Globe by Dr Penelope Woods, Recreating Light in the Early Modern Theatre by Neil Vallelly, and ‘Foule habits of reproach’: Performing Bodily Rebukes and Retributions on the Renaissance Stage, Page and Street by Miranda Fay Thomas.

Research Assistants

The Globe Research Assistantship is a paid fixed term, part time post open to students on postgraduate (MA or PhD) courses in Shakespeare Studies, Renaissance Studies or a similar discipline, or holders of such a degree. Up to three assistants work with the Head of Higher Education and Research, the Research Fellow & Lecturer, and the Research Coordinator to provide dramaturgical assistance to Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse productions and support in-house research projects.

See blog posts by our previous assistants herehere, and here.


Our Library & Archive is a Performing Arts repository, specialising in Shakespeare in Performance.

In our Library you’ll find a wide range of resources on all aspects of Shakespearean drama for undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral students. The Archive is a record of the life of Shakespeare’s Globe from the earliest days of the organisation, and includes a unique performance archive on DVD of every major Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse production since 1996.

Opening Hours

Wednesdays and Thursdays
10am to 5pm 
(closed 1.00pm-2.00pm)

Access to the Library and Archives is by appointment only. Appointments and enquiries can be made by emailing [email protected].

Unfortunately we cannot take bookings or enquiries over the phone. In order to help us prepare for your visit, please contact us by e-mail or letter at least a week in advance of any planned visit, providing details of your research interests and any special requirements.

All readers will be expected to abide by our rules and regulations. Information about our reprographics policy can be found here. You are welcome to bring laptops/tablets with you; there are power sockets and wi-fi is available.

First-time Visitors

On your first visit, we require all users to complete an application form and provide proof of identification.

Please bring two forms of ID with you; one must be a photo ID (a driving licence, student card, passport, bank card are all acceptable). If you are a student please bring your student card with you.

When making your booking, please state if you have any access requirements of which we should be aware. We will make every effort to ensure that access to our archive materials is equal to all. As archive materials cannot be adjusted, efforts will be made with assistive technology and communication support to make materials as accessible as possible. Although the Library & Archive is accessible via a lift, please be aware that regrettably there is currently no step-free access, and a small step must be navigated in order to reach the Library & Archive.

Contact Us

General Enquiries & appointments
[email protected]

Victoria Lane
[email protected]

Archives Recordings Coordinator
Mathilde Blum
[email protected]

The video archive of all performances at Shakespeare’s Globe will be available throughout this period, as will access to programmes for the plays and many other archival collections.