It was with great delight that many Globe staff gathered to mark the official opening of the new foyer which has been under construction since October 2012.  Tea, coffee  and delicious sweet treats (more on those later) were provided by Swan, from their new Foyer Café Bar.

The new foyer brings together our two theatres, the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (opening in 2014), alongside our Box Office, Shop and new Foyer Café Bar.  Visibility of the theatre buildings  and access to all areas of the Globe have been improved. Hearing loops have been fitted at the Box Office and Information Desk; and way-finding is now much easier thanks to stylish new signs in the official Globe font.

In true Globe style , there was no traditional cutting of red ribbons, but instead,  the opening of the new foyer was marked by a fanfare from Globe musicians, led by Bill Barclay, Globe Director of Music.

Fanfare welcome by Globe musicians (c) Pete Le May

Fanfare welcome by Globe musicians (c) Pete Le May

Opening Times 

The foyer is staffed from 8:30 am- 9:30 pm, Monday- Sunday,(April- October). The main doors close at 11pm.

CEO Neil Constable gives his welcome speech (c) Pete Le May

CEO Neil Constable gives his welcome speech (c) Pete Le May

Foyer Café Bar 

Open from 9am

Serving a  range of teas and coffees; sweet  treats and sandwiches.

Salted caramel tarts and madeleines (c) Sîan-Estelle Petty

Salted caramel tarts and Madeleines (c) Sîan-Estelle Petty

Pistachio and Lemon cakes (c) Pete Le May

Pistachio and Lemon cakes (c) Pete Le May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Foyer Facts and Figures

It takes an awful lot of materials to make a new foyer…

400 Tonnes concrete removed
25 Tonnes of new steel
1,50o Sheets of plasterboard
400 Litres of paint
7.5 Miles Lighting cable
1 Mile of Pipework
50,000 Total number of  people hours

List of thanks 

There were many people involved in brining the new foyer to fruition. We would like to say thank you to the following people:

(c) Pete Le May

(c) Pete Le May

On the Design side

Allies & Morrison – lead Architect – Oli Heywood, Hannah Calver and Simon Fraser & Paul Appleton
Project Management – Phil Elliot at Gardiner & Theobald
Structural Engineers – Momentum -  Richard Heath & James Still
Mechanical & Engineering – FHP Alan Fenn & Dylan Dryer
Accousticians – PGA – Paul Gillerion & Tim Scott
Access – DBA – Stuart Schildwein Robinson
Fire Safety – Andy Nicholson
Building Control – Paul Timmins

(c) Pete Le May

(c) Pete Le May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building 

Virtus – Mark and Paul, Ed, Tom & Colin

Who have been supported by:

Daval Construction – Demolition, concrete works and general builders work
AMD – Mechanical and Electrical works
Littlehampton Welding – Steelwork and metalwork including canopy, bridges and staircase to founders foyer
SBG – Balustardes and handrails
Tri Contracting – Stone tiling
Hills of Shoeburyness – Joinery
Compass Glass – Front Glazed façade and doors
G&I Constructions – Plasterboard walls and ceilings
Gary Burke – Painting and Decorating
Procera flooring – Carpet and Vinyl flooring
Kraftech flooring – Timber flooring
Axis House – Entrance matting
Kvadrat – Soft cell panels to underside of bridge and stairs
Fine Art Mouldings – Cladding to columns in foyer
Delomac – Roofing
Fourways – Scaffolding
Shadbolts – Door supply
Allgood – Ironmongery supply
Rogers Construction – General carpentry

We look forward to welcoming you to our new foyer. We would love to know what you think of it. Please let us know on the comments below.

 By Sîan-Estelle Petty