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 Actors’ Summer School is a one week intensive course designed for students who are interested in full-time drama training or in studying Drama at university. You have the chance to work with leading actors, voice experts and movement coaches and will present work on the Globe stages.

This course will develop the skills you need when approaching your classical texts for drama school auditions. You will take part in masterclasses with internationally renowned theatre practitioners and directors.

This is an ideal opportunity to gain unique access to the spaces for which Shakespeare and his contemporaries wrote for, and to work with international experts on early modern performance techniques and original practices.

As part of the course you will:

  • watch and discuss Globe productions
  • work on the Globe stage and explore the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  • participate in voice, movement and text workshops
  • develop your acting skills through working with experienced directors on selected scenes from Shakespeare’s plays
  • present scenes at sharings for parents/guardians and invited guests
  • 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 concession

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 to cope with close analysis of Shakespeare’s language
Are able to attend one early morning session


The Globe has regained a lot of confidence in myself and helped me to understand that I can trust myself whilst under pressure, such as in auditions

— Young Actors’ Course 2019

I will use it to help my application to study English literature at university and if I do decide to pursue a career in acting, later in life

— Young Actors’ Course 2019

Care received was amazing and all the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming which made it feel more of a safe space

— Young Actors’ Course 2019

If I pursue drama later in life I can use everything I’ve learnt. My attitude towards acting has changed and I really want to be able to use what I’ve learned.

— Young Actors’ Course 2019