The Willow Globe
“Perhaps Britain’s most enchanting outdoor drama experience”
- The Sunday Times
The Willow Globe (Y Glôb Byw) is a scaled down, living version of the Globe in London, being a third of its size in diameter. The willow has been carefully woven into an organic and spiritual theatre, starkly sculptural in spring, which is almost completely absorbed by its lush, green surroundings in summer months. This secret, magical and intimate space, with a rough thrust stage, is totally unique - we believe it is one of the largest willow constructions in the country and probably the only one in use as a theatre in the world. Viola’s determination to ‘make me a willow cabin at your gate’ has a whole new resonance.
We host events from April - September, offering syllabus Shakespeare for schools through workshops, community productions and professional tours. It is a venue for an eclectic mix of music, Shakespeare, and other arts happenings. We have the option of wet weather cover in a theatre within our converted barn should it rain. Doors open an hour before the performance. Although this is a working farm so the ground can be uneven, it has been levelled where possible and we are accessible for wheelchairs.
Facilities include a licensed onsite pub, serving drinks before, during and after the show; a tea & cake stall; onsite car parking; a disabled access toilet.
If you would like to read more about the Willow Globe, how it came to be where it is and how it was planted, click on the following link - The Story of the Willow Globe.pdf
All events are organised and administrated by the Shakespeare Link Charity and set within an organic farm at Penlanole, owned by Sue Best and Phil Bowen. The Willow Globe is part of the Shakespeare Link Charity no. 1040576