Shakespeare's Globe

Mike's Views, Reviews & Previews


Each summer since 1997 Shakespeare's Globe on London's Bankside has offered a season of plays. More than one play each season has been by Shakespeare, but there are many by the Bard's contemporaries and also new plays commissioned by the theatre.

I have attended at least one play each year, and usually several. I've only missed a few Shakespeare productions most of those due to illness. I've written reviews of most of those that I've seen.

I've created a page for each season and as 2017 is the twenty-first season the list of all the productions is quite long. I've split the list into four. Below is a list of lists of the seasons each of which contains links to each year and also to individual productions.

Season List

1997 - 2001  Rylance part 1

2002 - 2005  Rylance part 2

2006 - 2010  Dromgoole part 1

2011 - 2015  Dromgoole part 2

Current & Recent

  2017  Summer of Love

Romeo and Juliet

Twelfth Night

Much Ado About Nothing

King Lear

  2016  Wonder

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Taming of the Shrew





Original Globe

In 1598 Shakespeare's acting company carried the timbers from the dismantled Theatre across the Thames to Bankside. There they used the timbers as the frame of their new playhouse they called the Globe. In 1613 it burnt down but they again rebuilt it. For more details click on the link.

What we believe the original Globe looked like

In 1989 the Museum of London excavated a small section of the Globe's foundations. Here's what they found.

The Globe's great rival playhouse, its star Edward Alleyn and owner Philip Henslowe

New Globe

The American actor Sam Wanamaker worked hard for decades to make the new Globe a reality, but he didn't live to see it built. Here's the story of how the new Shakespeare's Globe came to be built on London's Bankside in the 1990's

A list of links to details and my reviews of every season since 1997 at Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Main

Recommended Books

My list of recommended books about the Globe, the Rose and other playhouses of the time may be found in the Globe Playhouse section of the Well Furlong Book Shop . If you so wish, you may go on to buy many of the volumes in our Book Shop directly from or


The official Shakespeare's Globe site