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Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Education

Education is at the heart of Shakespeare’s Globe. Whether you are looking for seminars for scholars or fun for families, you are sure to find something here to suit your needs.

Want to experience the Globe stage or techniques for yourself? Then join us for an exciting year-round programme of Learning, Research, Courses, Projects and Events.

Any age...  at any stage

What's On

Get behind the scenes insights from actors' with post-show Q&As, and expand your knowledge of the canon with pre-show talks from world leading Shakespeare scholars. Bring your family on a journey of discovery with one of our award winning productions and unique story telling experiences. Help us unearth 400-year-old productions in Read Not Dead, and ask was Shakespeare really the best playwright of his age?

This Season: Shakespeare and Friendship

To be ‘Friends’ in Shakespearean England meant many things.  Your friend might be a family member, a business associate – or your lover. To be ‘friendless’ was the worst state imaginable.

Enjoy our exploration of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as they return time and again to the central importance of friendship in its many guises: kinship, romance, eroticism and devotion beyond death.

Summer Season: Shakespeare Inspired

Tickets are on sale now for our summer series of Events. Our season explores the works that inspired Shakespeare as well as works and people who have, in turn, been inspired by him.

Shakespeare’s influences and influence are explored in a series of talks, including this year’s Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture by Professor Sir Brian Vickers. Read Not Dead returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a focus on John Ford’s solo authored plays, and discover the playing properties of the Playhouse in Research in Action. You can also join Professor David Crystal and Ben Crystal as they lead an exploration of Henry V in original pronunciation to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. 

"Open, honest, and fun from the start. As soon as you see it, you like it."

Huffington Post on Read Not Dead

We think that the best way to learn about the work of Shakespeare is by enjoying it. 


Are you looking for engaging learning activities on Shakespeare and the Globe theatre?

You and your students can unlock Shakespeare’s themes, characters and stories inspired by the unique setting of the Globe. Shakespeare’s life and works come alive for learners of all ages. 

Book a playful and play-filled workshop with us at the Globe or invite us to come to you. All our work can be tailored to your needs for cultural and educational enrichment, and to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum of England.

To find out more about teaching Shakespeare email us or telephone +44 (0) 20 7902 1433.

"Shakespeare has never felt more accessible!"

CPD Participant

Prepare to see things differently at Shakespeare's Globe

Discovery Space

Did you know that the Discovery Space is the central area at the back of the stage which is hidden by curtains or doors that can be pulled away to ‘discover’ a surprise event, object or moment.

Can't get enough of Shakespeare's Globe? Enjoy unparalleled access to free resources in Discovery Space - crammed full of everything from backstage podcasts to research papers.

On stage or behind the scenes... there is bound to be something here for you.

"Wow, wow, wow! There is so much for you and your students to love about this"

Chantel Mathias – Times Educational Supplement

Made to Measure Courses for Your Higher Education Institution

Higher Education

Take advantage of our unique resources, the Globe theatre and the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, to examine the historical and current value of Shakespeare’s plays, the materials of theatre practice or the relationship between the actors and audience in Early Modern theatre. Or bring the Globe to your institution by creating a bespoke outreach visit in consultation with us.

Courses can vary from a single day to an entire semester. They are delivered by leading Shakespeare scholars and expert theatre professionals. Many of our students have the opportunity to work on the Globe stage and in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Follow the links to find out more about our courses for Universities or Drama Schools and Conservatorys or 
download a Higher Education Request Form or email the Higher Education team.

Globe Playground is a specially designed area of the Globe website for young users aged 5-11. 


Playground is the home of a group of colourful animal characters – the Beasts of Shakespeare’s Globe.
The five areas, Make, Play, Read, Share and Watch, are packed with a range of games, quizzes, activities and interactive fun.

The Playground supports Primary teaching at Key Stage 2, but is designed for use at the home, to playfully introduce young Shakespeares fans to Shakespeare’s plays, his playhouses and the world he lived in.

Leaders in research into theatre practice and the performance culture of early modern England. 

Library and Research

We have a thriving community of scholars at Shakespeare's Globe who lead research into Shakespeare in performance.

In our Library you’ll find a wide range of resources on all aspects of Shakespearean drama for undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral students. The Archive is a record of the life of Shakespeare’s Globe from the earliest days of the organisation, and includes a unique performance archive on DVD of every major Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse production since 1996.

Our Research and Library facilities are based on site where we chart the developing stage practice in both the Globe theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. We provide reference and research support for theatre professionals at the Globe, and for users worldwide.

You can access the discoveries made in the Library & Archive through our selection of:

  • Publications
  • Papers
  • Performance footage
  • Audio Interviews
  • Digital Archives
  • Public Events


"Shakespeare’s Globe … is a kind of living laboratory,
with its own team of in-house scholars, researchers
and academic advisers."

Sean Coughlan, BBC News Education Correspondent

Get in deep with our exciting classes and courses.

Classes and Courses

Perfect for actors, aspiring actors, students, teachers and anyone with a desire to go that bit further. Ranging from one-day study shorts to four-week intensive programmes on the practice of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

  • Work and train with industry experts
  • Focus on voice and the spoken word in practical activities
  • Experience first-hand the unique spaces of Globe theatre and the intimate Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  • Understand the context and background to the plays with talks, seminars, demonstrations and workshops

"We studied everything Shakespeare; we analysed the language, found hidden meanings and related it to our lives. And we learnt techniques useful for our future careers, with the Globe bringing out the best in each of us. Nothing beats it!"

Esme, 12