Southwark Youth Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe has taken the difficult but responsible decision to close our doors to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours.

As you can imagine, this has been one of the hardest decisions we have had to make, but a necessary one as we consider the safety and well-being of both the public, staff and volunteers.

We hope to open the doors to our wooden O as soon as possible – but in this unprecedented time for theatre, and as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations to help us to continue to strive in the future.

We ask at this time of huge risk to our beloved theatre that you donate if you can. Any amount, large or small, will be hugely appreciated.

With love, solidarity and thanks to you all from the whole Globe family.

If   when we meet again, why, we shall smile


We hope to run Globe Youth Theatre online for the autumn term. Please check the Youth Theatre page regularly for updates.

Are you aged 11 – 14 (Key Stage 3)? Do you live or learn in Southwark? Do you want the opportunity to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe and train with professional actors and directors? Become a part of Southwark Youth Theatre and take part in exciting projects to develop your self-esteem, teamwork and performance skills.

The Youth Theatre follows the academic calendar and runs three ten week long terms. New members are taken on at the start of every Autumn term and remain with the Youth Theatre for a full school year.

Weekly practical workshops take place in the Sackler Studios every Saturday 10am – 12pm. All activities are based on our five core values: Commit, Respect, Connect, Support, Perform. 

Due to a high quantity of applications all applicants will need to attend an informal workshop audition in early September before the start of term. Further details will be provided following receipt of your application.

Southwark Youth Theatre is free for all members. 

“We studied everything Shakespeare; we analysed the language, found hidden meanings and related it to our lives. And we learnt techniques useful for our future acting careers, with the Globe bringing out the best in each of us. Nothing beats it!”

— Esme, 12


Southwark Youth Theatre members have the opportunity to:

Members also develop a range of skills, including:

  • Train with professional actors and directors
  • Perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Make new friends
  • Attend a professional performance at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Participate in a range of informal and formal performances
  • Voice and movement technique
  • Text analysis
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence
  • Team work
  • Puppetry
  • Stage combat

Get involved:

To become a member of Southwark Youth Theatre you should be:

  • Aged 11 – 14 (Key Stage 3)
  • Live or learn in Southwark
  • Be able to commit to the term dates

If you have any questions please email.

Please note that acceptance into the Youth Theatre is for one year only. At the end of the year all members are welcome and encouraged to apply again should they wish to return for another year. However, priority may be given to new applicants in order to provide opportunities to those who have not previously engaged with Shakespeare’s Globe Youth Theatre.

If you have any queries about the project please contact us by email, or telephone on 020 7902 1462.

“I applied for Youth Theatre because I wanted to get better at learning lines and get to know some of Shakespeare’s plays. Anybody who wants to be more confident and make new friends with people that have similar interests should join. It was a really rewarding experience that everyone would find enjoyable!”

— Eve, 14