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Shakespeare's Globe

Some questions you might have about your Globe workshop


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 Globe 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?

The Globe recommends a ratio of 1 teacher for every 10 pupils, however you are welcome to bring as many teachers as you wish and all of them will be admitted for free. 


Do teachers need to attend the workshops?

We do insist that at least one staff member/accompanying adult attend each workshop.


How do we get to The Globe?

On Foot:

Along the riverwalk from the east, there is a wide footpath from Southwark Bridge to Shakespeare's Globe. If you are taking the riverwalk from the west, there is a wide footpath, although this can get very crowded in the summer as it passes the Millennium Bridge and the Tate Modern. A ramp descends to Shakespeare’s Globe.

 By Train

The major local stations are London Bridge (15 minute walk), Cannon Street (10 minute walk), Blackfriars (15 minute walk) and Waterloo (25 minute walk along the riverwalk).

By Underground

The local stations are Mansion House (10 minute walk), Blackfriars and Cannon Street on the District and Circle Lines (15 minute walk); London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee Lines (15 minute walk); Southwark on the Jubilee Line (15 minute walk); St Paul’s and Bank on the Central Line (15 minute walk).

By Hired Coach

There is a setting down point on Southwark Bridge, with approximately 40 steps leading to the riverwalk. Wheelchairs can access Shakespeare’s Globe by taking Sumner Street on the right beyond the bridge and turning right into Emerson Street which leads into New Globe Walk.

By Bus

45, 63, 100 to Blackfriars Bridge.
15, 17 to Cannon Street.
11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76 to Mansion House.
149, 381 to Southwark Street.
344 to Southwark Bridge Road.


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. 

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. During the summer there are benches located along Bankside adjacent to the Globe for those groups wishing to picnic.

*Unfortunately we cannot offer lunch rooms in March due to our Playing Shakespeare schools performances.


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.


Can we also book to go to the exhibition?

You can book tickets for the Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition through Globe Education on our online booking form.  Tickets cost an additional £4.50 per student on top of the cost of the workshop.  There is an optional audio guide available for Exhibition visits.


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 at or call Hannah Mayblin (Learning and Teaching Coordinator) on + 44 (0) 207 902 1433.