How to help, how to get there


THE fact that one of Shakespeare's characters described the Irish as "rough, rug-headed kerns" need not be a reason for not giving generously. Globe bricks may be purchased for as little as £2 each 1 and an oak peg £5. Groundling tickets cost £5 (the equivalent of one penny 400 years ago), gallery seats range from £5-£20. The theatre complex is open seven days a week and guided tours take place every 30 minutes.

The official opening of The Globe is in June 1997: The season runs until September 21st and performances will include Henry V (directed by Richard Olivier, son of Sir Laurence) and The Winter's Tale. For membership of Friends of Shakespeare's Globe which offers newsletters, priority booking and regular activities: Voice/fax 0044 171 928 5665.

The Globe Box Office opens to Friends on February 3rd and to the general public on March 3rd: 0044 171 401 9919.

To get there: District or Circle Underground to Mansion House. Walk down the steps on the south side of Southwark Bridge.