Secondary: Workshops and tours

Lively Action Workshops

Suitable for: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5

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


‘It was really active and fun. It helped me to understand the language.’

–  Year 10 student

Lively Action workshops encapsulate the spirit at the core of all our work – that plays should be explored actively. They can be based on any Shakespeare play and are delivered at the Globe or in your school.

Information for your visit

Making your visit a success

All workshops 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

Location and costs

At the Globe

In your school

£9 per pupil.
(UK only – please see international pages for other rates)
Maximum of 35 pupils per workshop.

Teachers/adults are free on a 1:10 ratio to pupils.
£9 per adult outside the ratio.
Up to four adults can attend each workshop.
All additional 1:1 support staff for SEND pupils admitted free.

Minimum charge of £165 (for under 19 pupils).
A £2.50 administration charge applies per workshop.

Workshops can be tailored to your pupils’ needs and school timetable.

Up to 90 minutes: £350
Up to 2 hours: £450
Up to 3 hours: £550
Up to 4.5 hours: £650

Maximum of 35 pupils per workshop.

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

Key activities

  • Practical, interactive workshop based on your chosen learning objective(s)
  • A range of activities and games designed to draw out elements of the plays’ characters and themes
  • Language-based activities that explore the text at word level
  • Explore a range of interpretations to encourage an informed personal response
  • We can substitute the workshop for a lecture on your play choice or original performance conditions. Please get in touch to discuss this option.
  • For on-site visits, a guided tour of the Globe Theatre
  • For on-site visits, our new Discover Ticket allows groups to add a Shakespeare’s Southwark or Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to your workshop booking for just £5.50 per child. You can also book a Live Demonstration of Elizabethan dressing, stage fighting or printing from just £65. Discover more about these options.

Available texts

Workshops can be run on any Shakespeare play.
For KS5, workshops can be designed to thematically link 2 – 3 plays.

Curriculum links

At key stages 3 and 4, workshops support students to They also support progress towards the Assessment Objectives for GCSE English Literature
  • Read challenging texts with good understanding
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary and develop confidence in the art of speaking and listening
  • Develop a greater appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Use discussion in order to learn: be able to elaborate and explain their understanding and ideas
  • Use spoken language to prepare their ideas before they write
– Read, understand and respond to texts, and develop an informed personal response (AO1)

– Familiarise themselves with textual references through script-work (AO1)

– Analyse language and structure, but particularly form (AO2)

– Understand the relationship between the text and the playing conditions (AO3)

– Additionally, workshops can be thematically designed to support students with AO4: exploring connections across literary texts

Dates and times

At the Globe

In your school

Winter season,  October to April:*

 Monday to Friday:
10.30am -12.00 noon
12.30pm – 2.00pm
2.00pm – 3.30pm

Summer season, May to September:

Monday to Friday:
10.30am – 12 noon
11.30am – 1.00pm
12.30pm – 2.00pm

*In March and April dates are subject to change. Please contact us for further information.

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


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