Sir Toby and Sir Andrew from Twelfth Night, dance around the stage as colourful confetti rains over them and the groundlings in the yard.


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

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is Shakespeare’s Globe flagship project for secondary schools in London and Birmingham.

Year 6 – Year 13 students can get free or heavily discounted tickets to a production designed especially for young people and performed in the open air Globe Theatre.

Use the page below to explore the project, reserve your space for the next production (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), find out how to watch for free 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 gives free tickets to students – they come to the Globe Theatre to see a full-scale Shakespeare production, created specifically for young people. In 2019, our 13th Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production played to over 27,000 schoolchildren, over 18,000 of whom came for free.

Playing Shakespeare is supported by Deutsche Bank as part of Born to Be – a youth engagement programme which is committed to helping young people reach their full potential.

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

A bed with two actors on is wheeled through the audience towards the stage

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank continues to transform the ways in which thousands of young people experience Shakespeare. Pictured, The Taming of the Shrew, 2017. Photography: Amit Lennon.


Our 2021 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production will be A Midsummer Nights’ Dream.

As well as seeing this 90 minute full-scale production of Shakespeare’s play, schools can take part in CPD sessions for teachers as well as student workshops. Reserve your place using the links below. Relevant Covid information is on individual pages.

The word 'families' in a pink background

Booking information for families is coming soon


There have been 14 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.



Over the past ten 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 Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can find links to all of the individual websites below.


Got a question about Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank?

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