Shakespeare’s Globe is a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599 where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed. Visit Bankside, the Soho of Elizabethan London, and experience today’s working theatre. Based under the Globe Theatre, our engaging and informative Exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. A visit to the Exhibition includes a 40-minute guided tour of the Globe. Our expert guide-storytellers provide fascinating tours of the auditorium, vividly recreating colourful stories of the 1599 Globe and the reconstruction process in the 1990s and how the ‘wooden O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental space.