[Shakespeare's Globe Center]

Shakespeare's Globe Center--USA:

Center for Globe Research

[(USA), Southeast]

ISGC, London -- General Information

Program and Booking information for the Globe Theatre!!
at the official Shakespeare's Globe Theatre website
(use the "BACK" button on your browser to return here)

Visit the Official ISGC Site at London, England, or one of the International Affiliates
International Shakespeare Globe
Centre, Germany

The following International Offices do not yet have websites:
Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada

Shakespeare Globe Centre,Japan


The International Shakespeare Globe Centre (ISGC) is located in the borough of Southwark on a .8 acre site along the south bank of the Thames River, directly across from St. Paul's cathedral in central London. Just two blocks away, across Rose Alley, are the archaeological remains of the Rose playhouse of 1587 and one block down Park Street are the archaeological remains of the Shakespeare's Globe playhouse of 1599. This is where Shakespeare spent the most productive years of his theatrical career.

The ISGC was founded by the expatriate American actor/director Sam Wanamaker and is owned by the Shakespeare Globe Trust. Its current General Director is Peter Kyle, the Artistic Director is Mark Rylance, the director of international education is Andrew Gurr, and the Director of Globe Education is Patrick Spottiswoode.

Shakespeare's Globe Company mounts professional productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries for a summer season from June to September every year.

Globe Education provides an extensive variety of educational programs at all levels for those interested in learning more about the theatre of Shakespeare's day.

The International Shakespeare Globe Centre is dedicated to the study of Shakespeare's plays in performance and to the study of Shakespeare's work in the theatre.

To that end the ISGC has:

  • Reconstructed, at full scale, Shakespeare's open-air Globe Playhouse of 1599 (opening June 1997) using authentic materials and building techniques. This building has been painstakingly recreated using authentic building materials and construction techniques. It is the largest oak structure in London and the first building in that city to be allowed to have a thatched roof since the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed most of the town.

  • Is reconstructing an indoor playhouse of Shakespeare's age based on the original designs done by famed English architect Inigo Jones around 1638 (due to open in 1999). These designs are owned by Worcester College and were first published by Don Rowan in 1969. For many years they were thought to have been done for the Drury lane Cockpit of 1616-17 but are now thought to have been done c. 1638 for William Davenant's unsuccessful attempt to build a theatre in Fleet Street.

  • Also under construction are: an ambitious media library documenting Shakespeare's plays in performance world wide, and a major exhibition space dedicated to telling the story of of Shakespeare's work in the theatre of sixteenth and seventeenth century London.

    For further information, such as how to get to the Globe once in London:

    Go to the Globe Theatre Site at London, England

    Questions? Email the Research Archive(globe@deans.umd.edu)
    updated on: 28 February 2002