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The Great Feast: An Elizabethan Jamboree

They have been at a great feast of languages,
and stol’n the scraps.

— Love’s Labour’s Lost Act V, scene 1

In its day, Bartholomew Fair was one of London’s biggest summer fairs. To launch our production of Bartholomew Fair and continue our summer-long journey celebrating all that is wild and wonderful about our ‘sceptred isle’, we are holding The Great Feast, a four-week festival of language, laughter and song.

On 24 August, the original date of the Bartholomew Fair, join us at Shakespeare’s Globe as The Great Feast begins with a jamboree day of tricks and tricksters, arts and crafts, food for the soul and for the belly, and fun for all the family.

Bartholomew Fair

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is transformed into London’s most notorious fair this summer. Leave your morals at the door and lose yourself in our carnival of excess…

The Alehouse Sessions

Two evenings of highly entertaining folk music, accompanied by anecdotes, humour and beer.

Songs of the People: Music from the English Radical Tradition

A celebration of English songs of social protest from across the ages.

Clara Sanabras: A Hum About Mine Ears

A musical reimagining of some of the key themes and ideas from The Tempest.