Discovering theatre and art on London’s Bankside

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, with Tate Modern behind. Image by John Wildgoose.

GO Travel Club and GTO magazine have teamed up with two of London’s famous cultural landmarks, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, to create a special Readers’ Day on Monday 23rd September exploring the Bankside’s rich theatrical heritage and art. During the day, GTOs will learn about ideas for group visits and sample specialist tours at the these world renowned places.

Following an absence of 400 years, the present Globe Theatre in London stands a few hundred metres from the original site where Shakespeare’s plays were regularly performed. The rebuilding of the iconic building was led by the pioneering actor and director Sam Wanamaker, who spent 23 years fundraising, advancing research into the appearance of the original Globe and planning the reconstruction with architect Theo Crosby. Performances, tours, and educational work take place all year with the main theatre season running from April to October.

Tate Modern, one of four galleries in the Tate family, is located in the imposing former power station designed by Giles Gilbert Scott and holds the National Collection for international modern and contemporary art. The three other galleries in the group are Tate Britain in London, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives.

How to apply

The Discover theatre and art on London’s Bankside Readers’ Event is open to genuine GTOs looking to bring a group back in the future. GTOs may apply for a maximum of two tickets, and there are up to 40 places in total.*

To apply tick the relevant box on our Free Readers Response Service by 27th August 2019.

Successful applicants will be advised by 5th September. Failure to advise us of cancellations will result in exclusion from future Readers’ Events.

*If you have special access requirements please ask for advice when registering for this Readers’ Event.

The itinerary:

Monday 23rd September
11am Arrive Shakespeare’s Globe.
11.15am Globe Theatre Tour discovering its history and how the theatre works as an imaginative and experimental performance space.
12pm Elizabethan dressing demonstration – learn the significance of clothing in this period and origin of phrases such as ‘pin money.’
12.30pm Walk to Tate Modern.
12.45pm Lunch in the Tate Cafe.
1.45pm Meet at the Guided Tour meeting point near the cloakroom. The group will be split into two.
2pm Tate Tour and chance to learn about bespoke tours and catering options available for groups.
3pm Departure and goodie bags.