Shakespeare's Globe

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Can teachers come for a pre-visit before the day of our workshop?

Once your booking is confirmed and payment has been received, we provide 2 free tickets for the exhibition and theatre tour for teachers to come for a pre-visit. Please call to let us know when you would like to come for your pre-visit at least 1 week in advance. Please note, if you wish to visit on a weekend we will be unable to show you around the workshop spaces. We also provide a risk assessment for the Globe site on our website. 


How many pupils can we bring in total?

Each workshop can take a maximum of 30 pupils. We can run workshops simultaneously for up to 4 groups (a total of 120 pupils) in one time slot, depending on availability.


How many teachers can come for free?

We recommend a ratio of 1 teacher for every 10 pupils, however you are welcome to bring as many teachers as you need and all of them will be admitted for free up to a ratio of 3 teachers for every 10 pupils. Any additional adults after that will be charged. For SEN schools there is no limit on teachers attending for free.


Do teachers need to attend the workshops?

We do insist that at least one staff member/accompanying adult attend each workshop and that all accompanying adults be in the room at all times. We encourage teachers to actively support the students throughout.


How do we get to the Globe?

Please click here for directions.


Where do we go when we arrive?

All school groups need to report to the education desk in the main foyer of Shakespeare’s Globe. Please note that the entrance to the main foyer is on New Globe Walk, just off of the riverwalk and is a different entrance to that for the exhibition and theatre tours. If you are unsure our staff are happy to direct you. 


What happens if we are late?

If your group is late we are unfortunately not able to offer any additional time back.

We will ask you on arrival how you would like to best use the time you have available (e.g. shorter tour and full workshop)

For groups booked in during the theatre season (March – October) the theatre closes at 1pm. If you are due to arrive for a 12.30 and tour and do not arrive until after 1pm your group will not be able to access the theatre.


Is there somewhere to leave our bags?

There are no cloakrooms provided at Shakespeare’s Globe, all bags and packed lunches must be carried with you for the duration of the visit.


Is there a space to have lunch?

Lunch rooms are only available for booking between October and April (except March*) as they are used as rehearsal spaces during the summer theatre season. During the winter, rooms can be booked between 12:00 and 12:30 depending on availability. These rooms are for Key Stage 2 and 3 groups only and only if you have booked a 10:30am or 12:30pm workshop. *Unfortunately we cannot offer lunch rooms in March due to our Playing Shakespeare schools performances.

During the summer there are benches along the river on Bankside, where groups often like to eat lunch if the weather is nice. Alternatively, the Tate Modern, which is located a couple of minutes’ walk along Bankside, are happy for school groups to eat lunch in their Turbine Hall. However, the Tate do ask that all school groups register with them prior to the date of their arrival, by phoning 0207 887 8888 (option 3) or emailing

The Tate cannot guarantee that the Turbine Hall will be available for school groups to sit in, as there may be events or installations taking place, but will advise school groups of this when they register.

Please note that this is not a lunch room facility and that the Tate cannot accommodate school groups who have not contacted them in advance. However, there is also a grassy area outside the Tate Modern, where groups can sit as well.


Do we get access to the Globe stage?

As we are a working theatre, it is not possible for pupils to go on the stage during the summer theatre season (April – October). There may be, however, the opportunity for pupils to see some of our actors rehearsing on stage during the tour. During the winter we will endeavour to give pupils the chance to access the stage, but this is not a guaranteed part of your visit.


Do we get access backstage?

It is not possible for pupils to see backstage during the summer theatre season (April – October). During the winter we try to give pupils the chance to see the Tiring House, but this is not always possible and is not a guaranteed part of your visit.


What happens in the workshops?

All of our workshops are tailor made to fit with the needs of your group and your learning objectives. Pupils will be taken through a range of different activities and games designed to draw out elements of the plays’ characters, themes and language (dependent on your chosen focus) and how performing at the Globe is different to any other theatre. All of our workshops are led by Globe Education Practitioners.


Can workshops be tailored for pupils with Special Educational Needs?

All of our workshops can be tailored to cater for a range of Special Educational Needs. Please let us know the needs of your group at least 2 weeks in advance of the date of the booking. We also recommend for groups with high numbers of pupils with Special Educational Needs that there be 20 pupils per group rather than 30.


Are the workshops accessible for people with physical disabilities?

The Globe is a completely accessible site; all we ask is that you let us know how many, if any, members of your group have access needs prior to the date of your booking.

For any complex needs please contact


Is filming or photography allowed in the workshop?

Filming is not permitted under any circumstances during the tour and workshop. Photography is permitted throughout providing it is not intrusive or a distraction for the students’. It is at the individual practitioners’ discretion whether they are happy to be photographed.


Can we also book to go to the exhibition?

You can book tickets for the Globe exhibition through Globe Education on our online booking form. Tickets cost an additional £5.00 per student on top of the cost of the workshop. There is an optional audio guide available for Exhibition visits.

Please be aware that we are only able to run a limited amount of demonstrations per day - large groups or groups visiting over several days may need to allow extra time in their schedule in order to fit in enough demonstrations. Demonstrations must be cancelled or times altered at least two weeks in advance, otherwise they will still be charged for in full. Elizabethan Dressing demonstrations only take place from 12:45 onwards during the Summer Theatre Season.


Can we also book tickets to see a performance?

School groups are very welcome to attend our matinee and evening performances. To book tickets as part of your visit with us please contact the box office on: 0207 401 9919 or book online via our website.


If you have any further questions please contact us by email or phone on 0207 902 1433.