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The Tempest: Live and unplugged

  Our education project in partnership with Deutsche Bank, Playing Shakespeare, is now celebrating its seventeenth year

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One of the most impactful and longest running cultural education projects in the UK, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is now in its seventeenth year, and is our flagship project for secondary and post-16 further education students.

Supported by Deutsche Bank as part of Born To Be, their global youth engagement programme which aims to help students prepare for the future and unlock their potential, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank sees Shakespeare’s plays adapted in to fast-paced productions with young people in mind.

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank sees Shakespeare’s plays adapted in to fast-paced productions with young people in mind.

This year’s production is The Tempest, and despite being written more than 400 years ago, its themes are still as relevant today. Directed by Diane Page, we’ve adapted this magical tale of love, revenge and forgiveness into a 90-minute production that is a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare and live theatre, enabling young people to get to grips with the play’s complex language, characters and themes.

Schools across the country will be able to watch The Tempest from 2 – 30 March 2023, with public performances running from 18 March – 15 April 2023, perfect for the whole family.


‘I’m so excited to be back at the Globe and to share The Tempest with younger audiences. Along with the cast and creative team, we are thrilled to invite them into the world of The Tempest to explore the things that hold us captive and if we can ever really free ourselves from the past. ‘

— Diane Page, Director

Two actors on a chequerboard stage are dancing a routine together.
An actor stands on the Globe stage holding a long wooden staff and a book. He is shouting at someone.
Two actors sit on the front of the Globe stage. One is drinking from a bottle.

The Tempest is a magical and hilarious 90-minute production, and is now playing in our Globe Theatre. Photographer: Ellie Kurttz

All students are required to study a Shakespeare text for GCSE, but strangely, it is not compulsory to see a Shakespeare play in performance. Experiencing live performance helps students immerse themselves into the play and better understand the timeless issues which affect them and society.

This is why Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is such an important project, and so popular. This year, 20,000 free tickets have been snapped up by London and Birmingham state secondary schools, and a further 7,000 free or subsidised tickets have been taken up by families, schools and community groups.

‘This year, we celebrate 17 years of Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank and recognise the hundreds of thousands of young people who have been given free access to live performance of Shakespeare in the most exciting space there is.

These are very difficult times for schools with trips increasingly becoming a luxury, so we are ever grateful that Deutsche Bank enables us to offer students and their teachers this invaluable opportunity. We are delighted to have Diane Page leading our company this year after her success with Julius Caesar last summer and with her creative team, we know young people will experience The Tempest in a way they will never forget.’

— Lucy Cuthbertson, Co-Director of Education

A graphical map of Greater London, dividing the Boroughs and showing the number of schools in each London Borough that have engaged with the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project.

Since 2007, 293,277 students have watched a Shakespeare play in our Globe Theatre as part of Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank.

What’s more, we continue to run our workshops for schools across the country, as well as our continuing professional development (CPD) courses for teachers. Furthermore, we’ve also recently launched our free resources for The Tempest online to support GCSE and A-Level curricula, that will not only be used by schools across the globe this year, but that will be freely available in the years to come. Our previous award-winning resources for past Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank projects are still available now.

Our mission with this project has always been to give students the opportunity to see a Shakespeare play as he intended: live and unplugged, and we’re so thrilled to see so many young people from across the country in our wooden ‘O’ this spring.


This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project, providing over 20,000 free tickets for students aged 11–16 in state secondary schools in London and Birmingham. Productions exclusively for schools will run from 2 – 30 March 2023.

Public performances run from 18 March – 15 April 2023. Book your tickets.