Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

Charity information

Shakespeare's Globe

The Shakespeare Globe Trust was founded as an educational charity, and is a unique international resource, dedicated to the exploration and understanding of Shakespeare through the connected means of education and performance. The work of the Globe celebrates the fact that the greatest dramatic poet of the English language lived and worked in London and that the cradle of English theatre was on Bankside by the River Thames, now one of the capital’s most vibrant cultural quarters.

The Globe was built as a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse of 1599, where Shakespeare worked and for which he wrote many of his greatest plays. The project was the vision of pioneering American actor/director Sam Wanamaker, and became physical reality 10 years ago after a lengthy fundraising campaign which saw support come from private sources from around the world. It has since become an international success story beyond all original expectations, and has achieved iconic status, voted by the UK public into the finals of the 2005 Lottery Awards in the “Amazing Space” category. Today, Shakespeare’s Globe welcomes visitors and audiences from all walks of life, and from many different countries, who come to engage with the Globe’s key areas of work.

Together, the Globe Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.

The Globe receives no annual government subsidy. The activities of Shakespeare’s Globe are self-financing in overall terms. Activities are therefore balanced in such a way that net income from the exhibition, box office and donations is sufficient to cover net deficits, for example on educational and academic work.