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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, LONDON, SE1 9DT
020 7401 9919

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Closest underground stations - London Bridge and Waterloo


Located in the main theatre foyer.
Monday - Wednesday 9.00am - after the evening interval
Thursday - Friday 9.00am - 11.00pm
Saturday 9.30am - 11.00pm
Sunday 9.30am - after evening interval

If there is no evening show the Foyer Café Bar will close at 6.00pm


Swan Restaurant - Delicious food with stunning views
Monday - Friday 12 noon - 2.30pm & 6.00pm - 10.30pm
Saturday 12 noon - 3.30pm & 6.00pm - 10.30pm.
Sunday 12 noon - 9.00pm


Swan Bar - Open 8.00am for breakfast (10am weekends)
Open until 12.30am
Food available from 12 noon
Entry from theatre or direct from Bankside

Access Info

A dedicated Access Information Line operates from 10.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday - 020 7902 1409

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a London theatre in the Southwark area, which is in partnership with the Globe Theatre on Bankside to form the Shakespeare’s Globe group of theatres. The theatre is the style of 17th century indoor theatres and is loosely based around Blackfriars Theatre. It opened in January 2014 and is named after Sam Wanamaker, the founder of the Shakespeare’s Globe Trust.

The exterior shell of the theatre was designed to contain an auditorium replicated from the sixteenth-century Blackfriars Theatre from the opposite side of the Thames. However, the drawings that were used as a basis for the blueprints were eventually seen as approximate drawings of the Blackfriars and so they were used as an inspiration rather than a replica for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The auditorium was built with a traditional thrust stage, a musician’s gallery, a pit and two U-shaped galleries. It is an intimate space with a capacity of 340 seats.

Despite its artistic connection with Shakespeare, the first production presented in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse was The Duchess Of Malfi, a Jacobean tragedy by John Webster. Since then it has hosted several Shakespearean plays, classic revivals, modern adaptations, and educational talks, including the hosting of live podcasts.

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