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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


The Young Academics’ Summer School is a one week immersive course particularly suited to students who are going on to study English Literature at university. You will work with leading academics, actors and dramaturges and will explore the social, political and cultural context in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries were writing.

This is the perfect course if you are interested in deepening and enriching your understanding of Shakespeare and the unique spaces for which he wrote. It would be the ideal first step if you are looking to extend your interest and understanding of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.

You will have the opportunity to see productions, participate in stimulating lectures and seminars and discuss Shakespeare’s influence on English Literature as a master of comedy, tragedy and history.

You will:

  • watch and discuss Globe productions
  • participate in Q&As with actors
  • work with leading Shakespeare practitioners and actors
  • conduct in-depth textual analysis of Shakespeare’s plays
  • attend academic lectures and seminars at the Globe
  • receive a certificate upon completion of the course

Course information

Course dates
10 – 14 August 2020 inclusive
17 – 21 August 2020 inclusive

Course fees: £800/ £640 concessions

Fees include all tuition and tickets to Globe productions.


If you have any questions regarding the course, please email or telephone 020 7902 1478

Frequently asked questions about Summer Schools


Are aged 16-19
Have an interest in Shakespeare
Are able to travel to and from the Globe Independently
Are able to provide your own accommodation
Have a level of confidence in English which will enable you o cope with close analysis of Shakespeare’s language
Are able to attend one early morning session


I have been fascinated by the debate about whether Shakespeare’s plays should be adapted to appeal to modern audiences, (e.g. engaging in current affairs.) It has left me with lots to consider!

— Young Academics’ Course 2019

I’ve had a really great time and met some really great people

— Young Academics’ Course 2019

Mary is absolutely lovely! Thank you to everyone who helped out for being so welcoming and friendly!

— Young Academics’ Course 2019

I can’t wait to use this knowledge in my A-level exam next year, it will be so beneficial. I want to go into acting so this has helped me to see the academic side and delve more into the language

— Young Academics’ Course 2019