Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison

London, GB


Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe is an archetypal Jacobean indoor theatre, one that Shakespeare would recognise, 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 utilising dramatic colour 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 programme and the public tours. The new scheme has addressed various practical issues such as crowd flow and wayfinding but also, aesthetically, is more reflective to the organisation today.

We are continuing to work at Shakespeare’s Globe, on Project Prospero, an expansion that will include a new exhibition space and library, which will complete Wanamaker’s vision for creating a global centre for the study and enjoyment of Shakespeare.

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Status: Built
Location: London, GB
Firm Role: Architect