Read Not Dead
On The Road

Celebrate Read Not Dead’s 25th Anniversary with this lively script in hand performance at the beautiful Gray’s Inn Hall.

This event has now passed.

Shakespeare’s Globe has taken the difficult but responsible decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours.

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

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 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.

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

If   when we meet again, why, we shall smile


Instinctive, adrenaline-filled and inventive, the Read Not Dead ground rules are simple. Actors rehearse the play on a Sunday morning and present it, script-in-hand, to an audience later that afternoon. The Read Not Dead series is dedicated to reviving plays from the early modern period.

Our annual reading in Gray’s Inn Hall – venue for the first recorded performance of The Comedy of Errors– brings together Globe actors and leading lawyers in one of the most beautiful Shakespeare venues in the country.

2020 play title to be announced soon!



£20 Members/Student

A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online

Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, London

Running time: to be confirmed

Part of Read not Dead




Chancery Lane 80m walk away
Holborn 500m walk away

Farringdon station is a 9-11 minute walk away
King’s Cross station is a short taxi, bus ride or a 20-25 minute walk away

Routes 8, 25, 242 and 521 stop at Chancery Lane Station
Routes 17, 45, 46 and 341 stop at Bus Gray’s Inn Road
Routes 19, 38, 55 and 243 stop at Gray’s Inn Road

Parking is available for members, residents and visitors. The lowest archway is 3.1m. Please see the parking section for full details regarding fees, what’s available and terms of use.

The Inn has cycle racks in Field Court and by Verulam Buildings. Bicycles must not be locked to any railings within the Estate.
The Transport for London cycle hire docking stations closest to the Inn are on Red Lion Street and Holborn (A40, towards St Pauls).

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