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 subsidised tickets to a production designed especially for young people and performed in the open air Globe Theatre. We also run training sessions with teachers and workshops for students to help them to develop practical ways to understand Shakespeare’s plays.

Use the page below to get tickets for this year’s Macbeth, 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 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.

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank continues to transform the ways in which thousands of young people experience Shakespeare. Pictured, the artwork for this year’s production of Macbeth.


A psychological thriller examining the dangers of political ambition, our 2022 production Macbeth will be a gripping, full-scale 90 minute performance in the Globe Theatre.

As part of our ongoing partnership with Deutsche Bank, we’ll be offering thousands of free tickets to students from London and Birmingham state schools and subsidised tickets for other students.

Performances for schools begin on 3 March and applications for tickets are now open.

Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis so we recommend applying as early as possible.

Families can also book to attend a family performance.

There are two different applications – one for free tickets for non-selective state schools in London and Birmingham, and one for subsidised tickets for all other schools. The subsidised tickets for students from other schools are £15 (seated), £10 (seated, restricted view) or £5 (standing).

You can request up to 200 tickets per performance; if you would like to bring more students, please complete two applications.

Apply for free tickets (non-selective London and Birmingham state schools)

Apply for subsidised tickets (all other schools)

Explore the production and book a family performance


We are an open-air theatre with no roof over the central yard. Performances go ahead in all conditions (including torrential rain), so please advise your students to dress for the weather. Whilst we can promise a great show, we sadly can’t promise that the weather won’t involve some ‘thunder, lightning or…rain’.

To help with this, we have compiled a recommended kit list for students and we would be very grateful if this could be communicated to staff, students and parents.

Umbrellas are not permitted in the Globe theatre

A waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain

Underlayers and a warm jumper

Thick socks, or two regular pairs

Tights for those wearing skirts or trousers

Gloves, hat and scarf

A packed lunch

A small bag, with a plastic bag to keep contents dry

Please note that there is no cloakroom facility at Shakespeare’s Globe. We do not have any lunch spaces available on-site but schools are welcome to eat anywhere along Bankside. There is also a grassy area available outside the Tate Modern.


There have been 15 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 eleven 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?

Email the Learning Projects team