Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Shakespeare’s Globe

The new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe is an archetypal Jacobean indoor theatre, one that Shakespeare would recognize, based on two 17th-century drawings by John Webb. Extensive research has informed the construction methods and detailing in green Oak and an elaborate decorative scheme utilizing dramatic color and gold leaf. The 340-seat intimate theatre is exclusively lit by candlelight.

The project also entailed the extensive refurbishment of the Globe’s foyers which has completely transformed the public spaces serving both the Globe, the Wanamaker Playhouse and supporting the education program and the public tours. The new scheme has addressed various practical issues such as crowd flow and wayfinding but also, aesthetically, is more reflective ot the organization today.

  • Client: Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Architect: Allies & Morrison
  • Completion Year: 2014
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Capacity: 340 seats

  • 2014 New London Awards, Civic, Culture and Sports Commendation
  • 2014 Wood Awards, Commercial and Public Access Award

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