The good: the first act is a treatment of the Third Crusade, and Saladin facing off against Richard the Lionheart. I really enjoyed it—the acting, the use of the space, the costumes, etc. Energetic and captivating. The second act was less, er, linear, but found its way to a very on-point ending that tied up the point of the narrative very neatly. Great acting all round.
The bad: the second act wandered a bit (justifying the blurb’s description of the show as a “fantasia”). Some of it worked; some of it was a bit WTF, and I did get kinda bored at some points. Some of the chanting was a bit odd — “King, did the West act wisely in these lands?”
The ugly: clear political message about the role of Britain etc in the Holy Lands. Extremely earnest, a bit didactic. Enjoyment may depend on how much you like getting preached to about foreign policy and western imperialism.
Also they’re not lying - the Globe is not a comfortable theatre. Seated on hard benches (£1 to rent a cushion, or bring your own) and probably lacking a back-rest.
I’d pay: we were sat around the side of the upper gallery, from where the view was OK but not great. From where we were there were bits of the action that were cut off — the tops of anything occurring on the theatre balcony. Not much of a problem for this show but might be an issue for others depending how much they use that space.
I’d probably opt for the cheaper seats on the lower level (they’re around the side so you’d be examining the actors’ ears a lot, but v close to the stage), or if feeling energetic then the £5 standing spaces in the yard, noting that the groundlings got solidly rained on when we saw it, which would be a common hazard, I suspect.