Shakespeare's Globe

Winter Wassail

  • 2018/Winter Wassail


‘The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble's playing is characteristically nimble yet has gravitas’
- International Record Review

‘The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments has forged a reputation for being one of our finest exponents of early music. They enchant and amaze in equal measure'
- The Musician

‘A Renaissance Fred Astaire... Steven Player was worth the price of admission by himself’
- Adelaide Review

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Saturday 22 December 2018, 6.00pm
Sunday 23 December 2018, 3.00pm & 6.00pm

Globe Theatre

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Tickets£5 Standing | Seated tickets £10 – £35 Running timeApproximately 1 hour 40 mins, including an interval
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A festive celebration for the whole family in the Globe Theatre that will warm your cockles and leave you with a big smile on your face. Join us for stories and song with dancer, Steven Player and stunning instrumental music courtesy of two wonderful musical ensembles: The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.

Grab a cup of something hot and come prepared for a good old singalong to usher in the festive period!


The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument ensemble with a host of distinguished recordings to its name. The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments’ original projects, which feature rare and exotic instruments from past centuries have been widely praised for their excellence and ingenuity.

Did you know...?

The word ‘wassail’ comes from the Middle English ‘wæs hæil’, meaning ‘be in (good) health!’ It came to mean a spiced ale or mulled cider/wine drink, and also describes the custom of taking this bowl of hot cider from door to door in a community as part of the first fertility festival in the folk calendar.

For Families

We will have a buggy park available during  the production. If you are a family with children under 12 you can use your Wassail ticket to gain free access into our Exhibition and access our children’s reading corner before the show.

Subject to availability on a first come-first served basis.