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Shakespeare’s Globe announces a packed program of events for the Winter and New Year.

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 The Fir Tree returns for a second year.

The Fir Tree by Globe resident writer Hannah Khalil gives Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale a new life, full of storytelling, puppetry, carol-singing and lots of participation. Make your own puppet to bring to the show, take part in tree decorating and keep all warm and cosy with a hot chocolate or a mulled wine under the wintery star-it sky.

With accompanying Fir Tree Family Workshops and special Festive Tours, visitors can enjoy a full day of celebrations at the Globe. Create a sparrow and make it fly around the Globe in our Craft and Puppetry Workshop for ages 5–8. Or explore the story through performance in our Family Drama Workshop for ages 9–12. Our Festive Guided Tour lets families explore the Globe and hear how Christmas was celebrated in Shakespeare's time - from wassailing to the winter solstice, 'kissing boughs' to proper mince pies. Thisfamily-friendly guided tour will enchant, fascinate and warm even in the frostiest of weather.

Guided Tours:

18 November – 8 February

Shakespeare’s True Crimes Walking Tour explores the intriguing criminal history of the historic Bankside community, including Shakespeare himself, duelling actors and rival playwrights. learn why Shakespeare was summoned to appear in court no fewer than three times; and why duels, violence and even murder  were more common than you’d imagine in Early Modern England. 

20 November – 16 April

A unique Heaven to Hell Guided Tour offers Globe Members the opportunity to discover the backstage world of Shakespeare's Globe and tread the boards of our wooden 'O'. Members and Patrons can explore the theatre’s secrets from the attic to the under-Globe, and discover how our productions are staged, including a visit to our backstage, props and costume stores.

24 November – 26 February

As the nights drawn in this Autumn, the Twilight Walking Tour will visit Shakespeare’s evening haunts, conjuring images of midnight revels and demons from Shakespeare’s Bankside after dark,  Imagine city life without streetlights and visit the locations of Shakespeare’s own night-time haunts across the River Thames on the Northbank, including the original site of his candlelit Blackfriars playhouse. 

2 December – 8 February

Visitors can explore the Globe through a whole host of guided tours, including the Ghosts & Ghouls Family Tour, bringing to life the scary happenings of Shakespeare’s most chilling plays, including the witches’ spells in Macbeth and the ghostly moments in Hamlet. Visitors will delve into Shakespeare and his audiences’ love of the supernatural and discover London’s mysterious folklore.

15 December – 16 February

The Pride Guided Tour brings to life the queer stories and characters from Shakespeare’s life and works in what was an important era in LGBTQ+ history. Discover vivid records of diverse sexualities and gender identities in the writing of the time, including Shakespeare’s own Sonnets, and explore the queer relationships between characters in some of his most famous plays.

For information on all events including further events for 2023 click HERE

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