Primary: Storytelling Performances

Suitable for: Key Stages 1 – 3

Lively Action Storytelling performances are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare’s plays for your pupils. They are interactive versions of well-known plays performed by a Globe storyteller at your school or in our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

What to expect from a storytelling performance

  • A one hour precised performance of the play delivered by a Globe Storyteller
  • The performance features several interactive elements, with pupils contributing verbally, physically and creatively to the play.
  • The story is delivered in a mix of modern and Shakespearean language, with key quotes being highlighted in performance.
  • If you want to extend your visit to the Globe, you can add a 30-minute tour of the Globe Theatre (£5pp) or a 90-minute Lively Action workshop (£10pp) to your storytelling booking – please indicate this on your booking form. 

Available texts

Performances are subject to our Globe Storytellers’ availability.  

  • Key Stage 1: Henry V, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like it 
  • Key Stage 2: Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Hamlet* 
  • Key Stage 3: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet* 
  • If your preferred play is not listed here, please contact us. 

If our Globe Storyteller is unavailable (e.g. due to COVID-19) and your booking cannot take place as planned, we will work with you to postpone the performance to a later date or find you a suitable alternative such as online delivery or a different play choice. If this is not possible then you are entitled to a full refund. 

*This performance is delivered by two Storytellers and therefore has a bespoke price; please contact us to find out more. 

Curriculum links

  • Provides pupils with a rich, varied language environment by engaging with Shakespeare’s language.
  • Support pupils to make links between known and new vocabulary.
  • Challenge pupils’ thinking about important social and moral issues.
  • Develop emotional intelligence and self-regulation.
  • Support pupils to listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • Participate actively in discussions, performances, role play and improvisations.




Information for your visit

All storytelling can be tailored to cater for a range of Special Educational Needs and requirements. Detailed information can be found in our FAQs.

Please also read our FAQs for site specific information (directions, on-site food and beverage provisions etc).

Contact us

 +44 (0)207 902 1433

‘How wonderful to make Shakespeare accessible for Year 2 and 3. A perfect day!’

–  Teacher, William Patten Primary School, Hackney


At the Globe

Storytelling performances take place in our magical, indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on the following dates: 

Wednesday 15th June, 11:00-12:00 : As You Like It

Tuesday 21st June, 11:00-12:00 : Macbeth

Friday 24th June, 11:00-12:00 : Romeo + Juliet

Thursday 30th June, 12:00-13:00 : Macbeth

£15 per pupil. 

Teachers/adults are free on a 1:10 ratio to pupils. £15 per adult outside the ratio. All additional 1:1 support staff for SEND students admitted free. Minimum charge of £300 (for under 20 pupils).  

A £2.50 administration charge applies per booking. 

In your school

1 x 60 minute Storytelling performance: £900
2 60 minute Storytelling performance: £1530
3 x 60 minute Storytelling performance: £2025

Maximum of 120 pupils per performance.

Outside the M25, a £40 surcharge will be added to cover travel time. For schools more than 2 hours away, this surcharge will be £60.

Outside the M25, travel and accommodation costs (where applicable) will be added.

A £2.50 administration charge applies per booking.

Dates and times

We can be flexible based around your school timetable, including weekend provision, subject to availability.


1 x 60 minute Storytelling performance: £465

Maximum of 35 pupils per performance (to enable interactivity via Zoom)

A £2.50 administration charge applies per booking.

Dates and times

We can be flexible based around your school timetable, including weekend provision, subject to availability.


About workshops taking place at the Globe


About workshops taking place at your school


About visiting the Globe



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