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Storytelling FAQ

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

Once your booking is confirmed and payment has been received, we provide two free tickets 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. A risk assessment for the Globe site is available here (pdf). 

How many pupils can we bring in total?

Each session can take a maximum of 120 people, including pupils and teachers. There must be a ratio of at least one teacher to every ten students.

How many teachers can come for free?

There must be a ratio of at least one teacher to every ten students. All of them will be admitted for free. 

Do teachers need to attend the sessions?

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

How do we get to The Globe?

Click here for directions to the Globe. 

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 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.

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 a space to have lunch?

Unfortunately we cannot offer lunch rooms. There are benches located along Bankside adjacent to the Globe for those groups wishing to picnic.

What happens in the sessions?

Taking place in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, these highly interactive sessions introduce pupils to the powerful and enduring stories which lie at the heart of some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. These sessions have been created to complement the requirements of the English National Curriculum. They can help pupils to deepen their understanding of the ways in which they can imagine and recreate stories. Through listening to well-told stories, pupils learn how to tell their own stories, orally and in their writing. All of our sessions are led by our Practitioners.

Are the sessions accessible for people with physical disabilities?

The Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse are completely accessible sites; 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. Please note that we can only accommodate a maximum of two wheelchair users per session.

Can we also book to go to on a tour of the Globe Theatre?

You can book tickets for the Shakespeare’s Globe tour through Globe Education (subject to availability) on our online booking form. Tickets cost an additional £5.50 per student. 

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 telephone on 0207 902 1433.