Our flagship project for secondary and post-16 further education students

We are delighted to announce that Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank will return for its 17th year in 2023, with a special schools’ production of The Tempest in the Globe Theatre.

Prospero’s magical island comes to life on stage in a dynamic 90-minute production, created especially for young people and designed to support the curriculum.

Schools performances will run from 2 – 30 March 2023 with over 26,000 free tickets available for pupils aged 11-16 in London and Birmingham state secondary schools, and subsidised tickets available for all other schools nationwide.

Applications for free-to-access tickets and accompanying student workshops for academically non-selective London and Birmingham state secondary schools are now open!

Applications for subsidised tickets for all other schools will open on 29 September. Sign up to our Teacher Newsletter here to be notified when applications for tickets open. 

Our website dedicated to The Tempest has now officially launched! Over the course of the next two terms, this will be populated with an increasing number of teaching resources, from lesson plans and creative classroom exercises to character profiles and interactive quizzes.  

You can also use the page below to explore past productions and browse free online resources. 

A collage of five posters from previous shows including Othello and Romeo and Juliet

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank was launched in 2007 and since then has been giving students from London and Birmingham the chance to see Shakespeare for free. Pictured: a selection of previous production posters.

Each year the project offers free tickets to students aged 11-16 in London and Birmingham state schools, and subsidised tickets to all other schools across the UK. Students come to the Globe Theatre to see a full-scale Shakespeare production, created specifically for young people. In 2022, our 16th Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production played to over 28,000 schoolchildren, over 22,000 of whom came for free.

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is Shakespeare’s Globe and Deutsche Bank’s flagship partnership for secondary schools and sits at the heart of the bank’s youth engagement strategy, Born to Be, which is committed to helping young people realise their full potential.

The trailer for our annual project Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank.


Over the past sixteen years, to work alongside these productions or on their own, we’ve created a wealth of teaching resource websites for individual Shakespeare plays. These include the key curriculum titles The Tempest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can find links to all of the individual websites below.


State secondary schools in London and Birmingham

There are over 26,000 free tickets available for pupils age 11-16 in London and Birmingham state schools (academically non-selective) to watch Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: The Tempest. To ensure the project achieves its core mission of promoting equality of opportunity, we prioritise schools with higher FSM% (percentage of students eligible for Free School Meals) in our allocation of free tickets, workshops and CPD places. 

Applications are initially open until Friday 30th September 2022. Applications received during this time will be ranked based on FSM% (percentage of students eligible for Free School Meals) and tickets will be allocated accordingly. We strongly recommend applying by 30th September to give your school the best chance of taking part in the project. Dependent on ticket availability after this point, we will continue to welcome applications and prioritise them accordingly.  

In advance of completing your application, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.


All other schools

There are over 6,000 subsidised tickets available for state schools outside London or Birmingham, primary schools (Year 6) and independent schools to watch Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: The Tempest. 

Subsidised ticket applications will open on Thursday 29th September and will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Due to the expected high volume of applications, we recommend applying as soon as possible.   

Please note that the processing of applications will normally take two weeks. 


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There have been 16 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank productions so far. Travel through time with the below gallery and take a look back at some of our previous play titles.


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