“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
~ As You Like It
What could be more quintessentially London than a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre?! Nothing, I tell you, nothing!
After much debate back and forth, we decided to purchase tickets to see As You Like It during our time in London, and I can say now that it was one of my favorite highlights. We opted for the cheap “groundling” tickets (ground level, standing room tickets) rather than seated tickets in the gallery, which would admittedly have been more comfortable but far less interesting. Ominous clouds threatened the evening of our show, and on the ground level, we experienced several small cloudbursts and even one brief episode of hail! Despite the weather and the discomfort of standing still for nearly 3 hours, however, it was such a delight to feel a part of the action as the actors and actresses came back and forth through the crowd throughout the play — just as the “commoners” would have experienced it in Shakespeare’s day.
The Globe itself was honestly much smaller than I had expected, but it made for a cozy and intimate experience. Our cast was fabulous, notably hilarious firecracker Michelle Terry as sharp-tongued Rosalind and a charming Simon Harrison as Orlando. When Austin and I saw another play later in the summer (back in the States and thus devoid of any British accents), we both agreed that we more easily understood every word of dialogue at the Globe, even through Shakespearean wordplay and some thick accents! But one would expect nothing less from world-class actors at one of the most famous theaters in the world.
In short, I highly recommend seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe — a part of London that emphatically should not be missed!
Have you visited the Globe? Come tell me about it in the comments!