Ready your weapons, load the cannons, and raise the anchor as you take part in a special training session with the ship’s master. Are you ready for the pirate’s life?
The Pirate Training session lasts 45 minutes. Participants are welcome to explore the ship and take part in other activities before or after the session.
Each child must be accompanied by an paying adult.
Great for children aged 5 – 10 years old.
Pirate Training sessions running at 11:00 & 13:00
Join our pirate talks after your Pirate Training session.
Pirate Training £10 per child.
Standard admission £6 per adult.
All tickets purchased for Pirate Training include Pirate Takeover activities.
Brush up your Shakespeare and Marlowe
Here’s your chance to participate in six of their best plays, in the Friends of The Rose’s sixth readathon. Some celebrities will be there to read. You’ll realise from the timings that the readings will just be that. If you feel you want to love, live or die your part (whatever is required), however, then please do so. It’ll be your chance to act in the very same spot that Will and Kit did (and something to tell your grandchildren).
To sustain you through the day, there will be Tudor snacks, cake, tea and coffee available in the foyer on your way in.
Come and join the 50th Celebrations on the decks of The Golden Hinde with Shenanigans Cabaret.
An afternoon of family friendly hula, magic, singing and contortion with Shenanigans cabaret, featuring first class performers from across the cabaret and performing arts industry and hosted by Foxi Blue.
Line up includes:
Hayley Woolley – contortionist
Ella the Great – comedy magician
Oopsie Hoops – hula hooper
Dress gold and join the celebrations
All ages welcome
A night of delectable debauchery with Shenanigans Cabaret and hosted by Foxi Blue to celebrate The Golden Hinde Galleon’s 50th Birthday.
Line up includes:
Hayley Woolley – contortionist
Ella the Great – drag king magician
Trash Valentine – boylesque
Athena Thrillme – burlesque
Mild Peril – draglesque
Frankie Heartless – extreme violinist
And hosted by Foxi Blue
Dress gold and enjoy the celebration with first class performers from across the cabaret and performing arts industry.
ADULTS ONLY 18+
Live in the belly of the beast! The Golden Hinde is going full on knees-up, dance, and shwing for one night only with the patchwork band of various assortments, TIGER MOTH.
Tiger Moth play a wild mix of World Gypsy Folk Punk, ranging from Balkan, Middle Eastern and Hispanic to Swing, often played at a dizzying speed: a lyrical, bass, horn and drum driven blast of brilliant madness.
Come and see the world’s first, only, and best proponents of Wiki-Core, as Tiger Moth explore in their words and music the lesser known corners of the World… and Wikipedia. When was the last time you experienced live music aboard a reconstruction of a 16th century ship? And not just any ship, Sir Francis Drake’s ship which circumnavigated the globe in 1577. With a great atmosphere and history, a chance to hear live music on the ship is not to be missed!
Great music and a sip of Anspach & Hobday craft brew or a bottled beer, the perfect way to end your work week and to kick off the weekend.
Doors and bar open at 19:00, music at 19:30.
This Easter, step aboard The Golden Hinde for family fun and a piratical experience like no other.
Included with standard admission:
Union Theatre present a Eurovision comedy to get you in the mood for the big day.
Josh loves Eurovision. He knows every insane figure and fact. Ukraine entering a guy in a hamster wheel. Norway winning with an Olympic skater. The Russian grannies. The Brotherhood of Man. And each May he hosts a Eurovision party – the highlight of his year. Join this hilarious rollercoaster of a journey over 5 Eurovision Parties – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2022 as Josh bestows his guests with Bucks Fizz, Euro-V trivia and games of Eurovision truth or dare. Will they Rise Like a Phoenix, get Ooh Aah, Just a Little Bit…or meet their Waterloo with NUL POINTS!?
It is 1947, war has ended but Britain’s long-suffering citizens are suffering under the burden of food rationing, high unemployment and the coldest winter for decades.
The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Enter Betty, an adorable pig who is being illegally reared to ensure local dignitaries of a small community in Yorkshire can celebrate the Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet whilst the local population make do with Spam.
‘Betty Blue Eyes’ is an utterly British musical, full of eccentric characters, such as odd couple Gilbert Chilvers – an humble chiropodist, and his wife Joyce, a nobody determined to be somebody; Inspector Wormold – an obsessive destroyer of illegal meat; Mother Dear – “She’s 74 and ravenous”; along with a weird assortment of bullies, spivs and snobs, and of course, Betty the pig.
‘Betty Blue Eyes’, directed by Sasha Regan, is the first in-house production at The Union Theatre since Covid.
Union Comedy presents a night of Bankside belly laughs with MC Dustin Moore, Dan Coughtrey, Millie Haswell, Matt Pugsley and Jonas Jamarik.
Think Out Loud bring their first live show to The Union.
‘Speak Up’ is a night of new writing from exciting new voices.
This show will be raising funds in support of Mind and the work they do to support mental health and wellbeing in London and the rest of the UK.
Sneak inside one of London’s most unusual locations, after-hours, for a thrilling site-responsive experience.
This spring, Kirkaldy’s Testing Works – an historic, Grade II* former workshop and museum in the heart of Bankside – will open its doors for five exclusive, fun but slightly surreal pop-up performances over three days.
Set in the world’s first independent, commercial materials testing works, audiences will join in with a surprise extravaganza that’s been 200 years in the planning. Come and mingle with eccentric Victorian characters and test your mettle in an entertaining hour-long immersive drama.
What you will experience:
Celebrated Victorian engineer David Kirkaldy is having a surprise party – and you’re invited, but only if you come up to scratch! This immersive experience offers guests the opportunity to secretly join the celebrations. Once inside The Testing and Experimenting Works, challenge your strength and wiles against Kirkaldy’s scrutiny and the mighty million-pound Universal Testing machine… A proper Victorian knees-up lies in wait for those who pass the test.
Guests will weave their way through rooms in this unique and atmospheric former 19th century factory including Kirkaldy’s office, the factory workshop and the basement, all filled with music, soundscapes and the Scottish engineer’s original testing machines, including the 14.5m-long Universal Testing Machine he had designed, commissioned and patented in 1863.
‘Facts not Opinions’: Stretched to the limit has been created by theatre makers and performers Sammy Kissin and Al Barclay, as part of Blackfriars Stories commissioned by Southwark Council.
The show is inspired by the link between Blackfriars Bridge and Kirkaldy’s Testing Works and was originally conceived to mark the 200th anniversary of David Kirkaldy’s birth.
Sammy, who studied at LAMDA and Manchester University, said: “We really wanted to honour Kirkaldy’s world view that ‘Facts not Opinions’ matter. It is a celebration of the dynamism of the man, that idea of strength and how strength can be tested.”
Guildhall alumni Al added: “We have all been tested to destruction recently. We were interested in confronting this in a place designed to break the indestructible – and question, who are we?”
The present Blackfriars Bridge is the second bridge to bear that name; the first being deemed unsafe due to poor construction. The new bridge, built in 1869, employed the newly established Testing and Experimenting Works on Southwark Street to test its wrought iron framework and ensure its long-term viability.
Thursday and Friday – 7pm, 8.30pm; Saturday – 3pm, 7pm and 8.30pm
A free educational programme for more than 100 local secondary school pupils will run alongside the performances.
Renowned illustrator, set designer and creative director Emma Rios will be delivering a series of arts and engineering workshops for children, plus guided tours of the museum. Visitors will be taken back in time to the industrial revolution when building specimens from all over the world were tested to destruction in Kirkaldy’s workshop.
Emma, who is known for her paper sculpting installations and illustrations, has worked with clients ranging from Tatler and the Wall Street Journal to the V&A and Historic Royal Palaces, Liberty, Harrods, as well as fashion brands including Myla and Saloni.
About Kirkaldy’s Testing and Experimenting Works
A museum has been running at the site since 1984 run entirely by a team of volunteers. It is one of the few places in the world where you can get up close and hands on with working, historic machines – and yes, break something!
Kirkaldy opened the world’s first purpose-built independent testing site at 99 Southwark Street, London in 1874. He pioneered a real change in thinking – that all components had to be tested to a pre-existing standard, and facts were more important than opinions. The famous inscription above the door reads ‘Facts not Opinions’.
Today Kirkaldy’s advances in science and engineering are celebrated by the Institution for Civil Engineers and the Engineering Hall of Fame.
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See double this summer as The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s madcap comedy about long-lost siblings and mistaken identities, unravels in the Globe Theatre.
Two sets of twins are separated by a shipwreck and end up in rival cities. After twenty years apart, they inadvertently cross paths and set in motion a series of chaotic events that hurtles towards an extraordinary finale.
Doors and bar open at 19:00, music at 19:30.
Bankside’s Golden Hinde presents a night of delectable debauchery, featuring first class performers from across the cabaret and performing arts industry.
Line up includes:
Matt Skully – boylesque and sideshow
ZeeZee Stardust – comedy burlesque and stand up
Welcome anti-valentine’s cocktail included in ticket price.
Happy unimaginative consumerist entirely arbitrary interpretation of romance day!
ADULTS ONLY 18+
The play follows the story of four young adults through two separate timelines five years apart, in the first timeline they are unknowingly causing the collapse of society, whilst in the other they are trying to save it.
The play focuses on the potential fallout of the popular trend on Reddit called Roast Me and what could happen if this trend gets out of hand.
Current issues are constantly being tackled throughout the play, be it a small passing reference to America’s gun control issues or entire scenes dedicated to the importance of mental health and the effect it can have on people of all ages.
Roast Me is anarchic, it is completely original, and it investigates the problems and possibilities of our time.
It is far enough away from reality to offer the audience the escape they are looking for whilst also containing relatable characters and quirky references to the life we are currently living.
Content warnings of Strong language.
AIM Theatre is really excited to hold this brilliant evening of new work. With new works ‘YOU AND I’, ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER?’, ‘UNFORGOTTEN HEROES’ and ‘I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK’ being showcased by a talented selection of new performers all eager to show their talent. Please join us in supporting new artists as they come together to put on a brilliant evening of entertainment.
Experience the magic of Christmas in the Globe Theatre with all the family, as our re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive fairy tale returns for a second year.
In a beautiful wood stands a little Fir Tree. Kept company by woodland creatures, it enjoys a peaceful life. But the Fir Tree is curious. It dreams of a world outside the forest, yearning for adventure. What will happen when it grows up? Where will it go? And will it be everything the Fir Tree wished for?
Let imaginations run wild as the Globe transforms into a hand-crafted forest. Meet friendly puppets made of cardboard – and make your own to bring to the performance! Take part in carol-singing and tree decorating, and keep cosy with a hot chocolate or mulled wine under the wintry star-lit sky.
Globe resident writer Hannah Khalil‘s new re-telling of this classic fairy tale, directed by Michelle Terry, is suitable for all ages, big or small. So, join us this Christmas for a wonderfully festive dose of storytelling, puppetry, song and hope.
This event is part of the Frost Fair which Better Bankside is running across December and January. Frost Fair is a homage to the area’s unique history, celebrating the characters and fascinating stories from past winters in the Southwark borough. There’s lots more happening across the area, find out more here.
Explore the streets around Shakespeare’s Globe with our expert Guides on our new Shakespeare’s True Crimes Walking Tour and discover the intriguing criminal history of the Bankside area and its people, including Shakespeare himself. As you wander along the Thames, you’ll learn why Shakespeare was summoned to appear in court no fewer than three times; and why duels, violence and even murder between rival actors and playwrights, including the likes of Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson, were more common than you’d imagine in Early Modern England.
This Halloween, join The Globe for a special family-friendly spooky guided tour of the Globe Theatre which brings to life the ghosts, spirits and scary happenings of Shakespeare’s most chilling plays. From the Three Witches’ spells in Macbeth, to the appearance of Hamlet’s father’s ghost, you’ll learn about Shakespeare’s love for all things supernatural as well as hearing the grisly details of medical practices in his time; folktales of London’s mysterious creatures like the Thames River Monster; and fascinating, traditional ways to protect yourself against evil spirits.
This will be a glorious collective celebration of the seasons, weather and food, OCTOBER PLENTY mixes ancient seasonal customs and contemporary festivity with performance and music.
The theatre company Lions part, which was formed in Southwark by a group of actors who met doing First Folio work with the Original Shakespeare Company, has for many years been performing as part of Borough Market’s annual harvest festivities. October Plenty is the troupe’s interpretation of some of the rich folklore and traditions of the autumn harvest. It includes appearances from the strikingly attired Corne Queen and Berry Man, and free performances for children in the Story Orchard.
The procession will begin at 11am on Bankside SE1, near Shakespeare’s Globe gates, and head down to Borough Market.
The full Market will be in operation as usual during the day, so there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the seasonal produce central to the celebrations.
On October 5th Little Wing Film Festival is taking over Everyman Cinema Borough Yards, kicking off their 6th annual film festival with a night of independent short films, live music performances and an opening night party.
A volunteer-run, youth-led festival, Little Wing is working towards an accessible, exciting future for film by supporting emerging filmmakers and pushing for equality and sustainability in the film industry. Screening films exclusively by new and emerging filmmakers, Little Wing’s award-winning programme is designed around platforming important new voices while getting communities across London involved in a conversation about the future of film and culture.
For 2022 Little Wing are taking over a cinema in a different part of London every day, for a week packed with screenings, industry sessions, parties, pub quizzes and more. Bringing filmmakers, audiences and communities together, Little Wing is a celebration of grassroots culture and a push for a more equal, exciting film industry.
A cry for courage erupts in the Globe Theatre with the premiere of I, Joan, a powerful and joyous new play by Charlie Josephine (Bitch Boxer, Soho) which tells Joan of Arc’s story anew.
The men are all fighting, again. An endless war. From nowhere, an unexpected leader emerges. Young, poor and about to spark a revolution. This is Joan. Rebelling against the world’s expectations, questioning the gender binary, Joan finds their power and their belief spreads like fire. Join us in the Globe Theatre and feel the heat of the sun and the pulse of Joan’s passion. With open hearts and raised voices, dance and cheer with us as we rediscover Joan’s story.
Follow us to the Forest of Arden for an enchanting live storytelling of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It.
Rosalind is banished to the forest by her uncle, the Duke. There, she meets her love interest, Orlando, and disguises herself as a boy to try and ‘cure’ him of his love for her. Will her trick work or will Orlando realise the truth?
A hilarious tale of romance, forgiveness and mistaken identities is told by our expert storytellers, perfect for families.
Recommended for ages 5 – 12 and their families. All those attending a session must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The famous acting troupe from A Midsummer Night’s Dream take to the stage this summer in a hilarious new play for families, presented by Shakespeare’s Globe and Splendid Productions.
On a beautiful summer’s evening one year ago, a band of craftspeople-turned-actors, led by Nick Bottom, staged their first ever play. It was so bold, so brilliant and so chaotic that it went down in theatre history.
Now these Mechanicals are back to premiere their latest tragical, magical masterpiece, and with half an hour to go until curtain-up, everything is in hand. The actors are (almost) assembled, the play is (nearly) rehearsed, and the audience (that’s you!) are ready. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, it turns out.
Join us for side-splitting fun and mayhem as the Mechanicals create their second play – with your help! Packed with silly props, sillier costumes and an eye-popping finale, this theatrical dream like no other will delight the young and the young at heart alike.
Join the Family Globe Theatre Guided Tour, ideal for those with children aged 7-11 years old. Our tour introduces younger visitors to Shakespeare’s London and to the theatrical world he created.
Who went to the theatre in Shakespeare’s England? What was a penny groundling? What was the smell like at the Globe? Step into the Globe Theatre here at Shakespeare’s Globe and learn about Elizabethan theatre and stage practices.
From blood and gore to poetry and prose, this Family Globe Theatre Guided Tour will delight and disgust.
Every tour is led by one of our expert tour guides, in English, and is suitable for all ages. Information sheets are available in a number of languages.
We are an open-air theatre and tours go ahead in all conditions so dress for the weather!
Bring A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life in this fun and practical workshop. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Midsummer Mechanicals, our new play for families!
Using a range of activities and games designed to draw out elements of the play’s language, characters and themes, the session will bring you together with other families to discover the joy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Workshops will be led by one of the Globe’s highly experienced practitioners who include actors, teachers and directors.
Be introduced to the Mechanicals – a band of craftspeople-turned-actors caught up in the magic and mayhem – before watching their next adventure in Midsummer Mechanicals. Or, enjoy the workshop as a stand-alone experience!
Recommended for ages 5-8 and their families. All those attending a session must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Workshops are also available for ages 9-12.