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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Getting into the Venue

There is step-free access to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from the Shakespeare’s Globe foyer and main entrance on New Globe Walk. This entrance is through automatic doors. Once inside, there are lifts which serve all levels of the building. 

Wheelchair access is in the Lower Gallery of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which has two dedicated wheelchair spaces and companion seats for each. These can be accessed via a lift and purpose-built entrance. Wheelchair spaces are on the left side of the auditorium and you will have a clear view across the stage.

Other seated sections of the theatre have one step up or down to each row. These steps are not high but the space is relatively narrow to navigate. The benched seating does not have backrests, but patrons sitting in the back rows can lean against the wall behind.

Customer Assistance

Access guests should aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of a performance, and theatre staff are available to assist throughout your visit to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 

Drinks can be taken into the auditorium from the bar, which has a step-free entrance. 

There are two accessible toilets on the Piazza level, next to the Shakespeare’s Globe shop.

How to Book

Wheelchair spaces and companion seats can be booked online through the Globe website or over the phone, and access discounts up to 50% are available at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Patrons are encouraged to sign up to the Access Scheme for extra assistance and help booking tickets. For more information, call 020 7401 9919 or email

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