SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE

Shakespeare's Globe

The new 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.

Team

Client
Shakespeare's Globe
Structural engineer
Momentum
Quantity surveyor
Gardiner & Theobald
Fire consultants
The Fire Surgery
Timber Frame consultants
McCurdy and Co
Accoustic consultants
Paul Gillieron Acoustics
Reconstruction architect
Jon Greenfield, NPS

Photography
Nick Guttridge

Data

Completion Date
2014
Location
Bankside, London

Wood Awards
2014
New London Awards
Civic, Culture and Sports
Commendation
2014