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 can accommodate a walk through your visit.

Please call to let us know when you would like to come for your pre-visit at least 10 days in advance. 

We also provide a risk assessment for the Globe site on our website. 


How many pupils can we bring in total?

We recommend a maximum of 30 pupils per workshop. 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. You are welcome to bring as many teachers as you need, however, we can only provide free tickets to 1 teacher for every 10 pupils. Any additional adults after that are welcome attend, subject to capacity, but will be charged.

All one-to-one support staff accompanying students with access needs 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 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 Bankside and is a different entrance to that for the Exhibition and Theatre Tours. If you are unsure our staff will be happy to assist 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 upon arrival how you would like to best use the remaining time you have available (e.g. shorter tour and full workshop)

For groups booked in during the summer theatre season, the theatre closes for public tours at 13:00. If you are due to arrive for a 12.30 and tour and do not arrive until after 13:00 your group will not be able to access the theatre.


What security measures do you have in place?

When we welcome you to Shakespeare’s Globe, our top priority is to keep you safe. We have a permanent uniformed security presence on site and work closely with the police and government agencies. Some of our security measures are obvious, others are not.

We are now limiting the size of bags that can be brought on to the site. The maximum bag size is 40cm x 35cm x 19cm (the size of a typical school rucksack or standard handbag). We are not able to admit or store oversized bags. Bags containing necessary medical equipment are still permitted, subject to the owners agreeing that these items may need to be inspected. All bags are subject to routine searches.

If you have any questions,or foresee any complications for your visit, please contact us at [email protected]


Is there somewhere to leave our bags?

There are no cloakrooms available. All bags and packed lunches must be carried with you for the duration of the visit. Please see 'What security measures do you have in place?' to read important information on our bag policy.


Is there a space to have lunch?

Lunch rooms are only available for booking between October and April, except during our Playing Shakespeare School’s performances. This is because they are used as rehearsal spaces during the summer theatre season.

When available, rooms can be booked between 12:00 and 12:30. However, these rooms are only available for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 groups who have booked a 10:30am or 12:30pm workshop.

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 [email protected]

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. 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?

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. Unfortunately this is not available during the summer theatre season.


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?

The Globe wishes to be open and accessible to all and all of our workshops can be tailored to cater for a range of Special Educational Needs. In order to achieve this, we ask that you provide us with detailed information about your party’s requirements as soon as is possible. This should include information on how support is currently offered in your classrooms. This will enable our practitioners to work with the adaptations that your school has already put in place. We also recommend for groups with high numbers of pupils with Special Educational Needs that there be 20 pupils per group rather than 30.

Furthermore, we will ensure that teachers and staff are provided with the appropriate material to prepare both themselves and their students for a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


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 [email protected]


Is filming or photography allowed in the workshop?

Filming and photography are not permitted under any circumstances during the tour and workshop. Please ensure that any cameras and/or smartphones are put away for the duration of the educational experience.

Can we also book an Exhibition demonstration?

Please be aware that we are only able to run a limited number 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. Any alterations or cancellations for Demonstrations must be made at least 28 days 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.

Please be aware that Demonstrations take place within a public space.


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. 

o   Filming and photography is not permitted under any circumstances during the tour and workshop. Please ensure that any cameras and/or smart phones are put away for the duration of the educational experience.