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

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is Shakespeare’s Globe’s flagship partnership for secondary schools. 

Each year we stage a dynamic 90-minute production of a key curriculum text on the iconic stage of the Globe Theatre. It’s created especially for young people and designed to help students from KS3 upwards as they build towards their Shakespeare studies.

We offer thousands of free-to-access tickets for pupils aged 11–16 at non-selective state secondary schools in London and Birmingham; and thousands of subsidised tickets for all other schools nationwide. We also offer CPD, student workshops and free learning resources to help teachers and students get the most out of their visit to the Globe.

Applications for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank 2023: The Tempest have now closed. To be the first to hear about future productions, please sign up to our Teacher Newsletter.

Find out more about the project on the page below, 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.


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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