Our popular one-hour Text Study performances contain energetic performances of key scenes from curriculum texts, interspersed with contextual analysis and narration, to keep all your students up to speed and engrossed in the action.
We’re in the process of organising our first regional tour! If you would love to have a visit from The Globe Players, but your school is outside our usual touring area (London and the surrounding counties) then please send us an email to register your interest.
We are proud and delighted to announce that Michael Rosen, writer, poet and all round inspiration, is now a patron of The Globe Players. He joins our current patrons, Hayley Mills and Jeremy Irons.
As with everyone, the challenges of the last few years have been difficult and this wonderful news gives us hope for an exciting and dynamic 2022!
All of us at The Globe Players remember the impact drama and literature had when we were at school. As a theatre company who work in schools day in, day out, we appreciate the extraordinary efforts of the teachers who gave and keep giving so much to allow the magic of theatre to blossom. Here Michael expresses it perfectly….
What did they think they were doing
those English teachers
staying on after school
to put on plays?
I was an ant in a play about ants.
Then I was a servant
in Much Ado About Nothing.
Hours and hours rehearsing
in winter classrooms.
My father did it too,
bringing home the problem
of how to make blood for Julius Caesar’s toga
and snakes for Cleopatra.
They got no money for it
these English teachers.
Sometimes headteachers were pleased
sometimes mildly irritated that the hall was out of action
for their assemblies.
We left school.
They’re all gone:
Mr Jones, Mr Brown, my father.
There are one or two photos
blurred pictures of unbelievably young people
with too much make-up round the eyes;
some marked up play scripts,
the character’s name underlined in red,
stage directions – ‘move stage right’.
voice directions – ‘urgent’.
Did they know that we would carry the
60 years since ‘Much Ado’.
Did they know that it’d be easier to remember
the lines and the Leichner make-up
than how to do simultaneous equations
and the correct order of the cities down the
though I can be a red corpuscle
and describe my journey from the left ventricle
to my fingers and back
(it involves all four chambers of the heart).
Did they know that some of us
would do more and more and more
of things like saying words out loud
or writing words for others to say out loud
or just working with a few other enthusiastic people
to get something done.
Did they know that?
I once bumped into Mr Brown
on Russell Square Station.
He was in his 70s
I was in my 60s.
I had a lot to tell him.
He had a lot to tell me.
There wasn’t time.
We said, ‘Let’s meet up.’
He died soon after.
He had an obituary in the Times.
They asked me to add a bit.
I wanted to say that those hours in the winter classrooms
being an ant mattered then mattered again and again
and still matter.
Well, they matter to me.
But did he know that?
Did he know that they would go on mattering?
And if he knew that, where did he and Mr Jones and my father
learn that the kids in their plays
would go on thinking about being ants and servants
We are on tour through December until the end of term, visiting school halls with our festive shows for all ages.
For Primary Schools:
Join the Cratchit family as they settle in for Christmas Eve! Including festive songs and characters (Mr Christmas himself may even pop in to visit), this production is a seasonal treat for all ages.
For Secondary Schools:
The classic tale is brought vividly to life with key scenes, as well as useful textual analysis – a festive treat that will also help for exam preparation! Expect sparkling characters, spooky ghosts and plenty of fun!
Book now for 2022!
From January we will continue to visit schools with our popular ‘text-study’ productions, which combine lively, dramatized scenes of each text with helpful narration and analysis. Click a show below for more information
This November, our popular production of Desperate Glory will be streamed online, enabling as many schools as possible to experience the show from their own classrooms.
Join our digital audience on 11th November for our live-broadcast of Desperate Glory. Featuring music, poetry and first-hand accounts of life during the WW1, Desperate Glory is a show that is extremely moving, richly entertaining, and, above all, thought-provoking.
On 11th November 2021, our acclaimed production of Desperate Glory (The War Poets) will broadcast live online, available to schools all over the world. This 60 minute production combines poetry, music and first-hand accounts from the First World War, showing how attitudes changed thoughout the conflict. Moving, entertaining and thought-provoking. Not to be missed!
We are so grateful to have received a grant from The Arts Council, enabling us to return to touring theatre to schools from June 2021! We are so proud of the digital shows that we have shared with nearly 150 schools all over the world (and more to come!) but for now we are so excited to visit your school in person! For both Primary and Secondary schools, we have shows on Shakespeare, Dickens, Priestley and, new for 2021, Jekyll and Hyde! Scroll to see what’s available!
Secondary schools can choose from our ‘text study’ productions of a variety of Shakespeare plays, combining lively performances of key scenes with narration and analysis, to provide a comprehensive revision or introduction to a text. Choose from:
Primary schools can enjoy our introduction to Shakespeare created especially for younger audiences, THE PLAY’S THE THING
All Shakespeare performances can be performed in your school hall OR in your school grounds – ideal for maintaining social distancing or creating an even more magical experience for your students!
‘How wonderful the performances were today – 160 pupils from a tricky inner city school were thoroughly enchanted for the day. It was magic. The actors were fabulous, very generous with their time and hugely engaging both in the performances and in the Q&As. It was pitched perfectly. We also really loved the fourth wall-breaking context lessons and explanations of key concepts and ideas!’Oasis Academy, Croydon
Dickens, Priestley and more…
We have even more ‘text study’ shows available for Secondary schools. We dramatize key moments from the play / novel, combining them with contextual analysis and narration – exciting performances that include everything your students need to know to prep for their exams!
On 23rd April, join schools all over the world as we live-stream our productions of The Play’s The Thingand Romeo and Juliet to mark the birthday of Britain’s greatest playwright. Available for seven days after the initial broadcast and followed by a live Q&A where your students can ask the actors questions in real time, this is a global event not to be missed!
The Play’s The Thing
Suitable for all ages, this introduction to Shakespeare brings to life scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Featuring Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and more, experience the fun, drama and magic of Shakespeare’s works.
“WE HAVE MARKED THIS DAY AS THE DAY THE GLOBE PLAYERS INTRODUCED OVER 400 OF OUR CHILDREN TO WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND BEGAN A LOVE FOR HIS WORKS THAT WILL LAST THEM A LIFETIME.” Dr Triplett’s School
Live streaming: 9.30am, Friday 23rd April.
Running time: 45mins + Q&A
Romeo and Juliet
This digital show for Primary schools brings out all the joy and fun that can be found in Shakespeare’s timeless love story. Learn all about the world’s most famous pair of lovers, discover some of the best Shakespearean insults and party with the Capulets!
‘Everyone I spoke to has absolutely raved about it. The way you broke up the performance with short interludes explaining what was going on was really effective and definitely kept children engaged. The humour and energy of everyone involved was spot on.’ St Christopher’s School
Live streaming: 1.45pm, Friday 23rd April
Running time: 45mins + Q&A
The price to join our audience for each show is £150 per school. Each link is valid for seven days after the initial broadcast. Both shows can be accessed for £250 (+ VAT).
We are delighted that we can begin planning our return to schools and performing in your school hall! We have missed you! We are now taking bookings from 17th May 2021. However, we still have some digital productions coming up, live-streamed to wherever you are! See belowfor full details.
‘I just wanted to shoot you a quick message to say how wonderful the performances were today – 160 pupils from a tricky inner city school were thoroughly enchanted for the day. It was magic. The actors were fabulous, very generous with their time and hugely engaging both in the performances and in the Q&As. It was pitched perfectly. We also really loved the fourth wall-breaking context lessons and explanations of key concepts and ideas!’ Oasis Academy, Croydon (May 2019)
Of course, we will be mindful of any on-going restrictions or distancing measures. We know that we can offer our productions in a safe and exciting environment. Some of our shows can be offered as outdoor productions, performed in your school grounds. Check out the information below to find out what’s on offer.
Digital Shows Live On!
However, before we return to touring, there is still a chance to catch our highly acclaimed, live, online shows! We still have upcoming live-streams of Romeo and Juliet, Macbethand A Christmas Carol, all performed in our unique ‘text-study’ format and followed by a live question and answer session with the actors. With shows for both primary and Secondary schools, there’s sure to be something to suit your needs.
Join us on 23rd April to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday in style! Suitable for all ages, our much-loved introduction to Shakespeare, The Play’s The Thing, will broadcast live to schools all over the world, followed by our version of Romeo and Juliet for Primary Schools. Book your school in to watch one, or both, shows – this is a birthday celebration not to be missed!
We are taking bookings from 17th May to perform in your school hall again. There really is nothing like live theatre, and our shows for primary and secondary schools are events that really will engage and excite your students, enhancing their learning experience.
Our text study productions for Secondary schools provide vital catch-up learning. Key scenes from each text are presented in a lively and engaging way, intertwined with analysis of the characters, language and context. A full revision of the text in 60 minutes.
‘Everything went really well yesterday. I thought the production was excellent – narration works really well and the pupils, staff and headteacher all really enjoyed it. The actors were uniformly excellent and very friendly and professional.’ Sacred Heart Secondary School.
For Primary schools, our funny, energetic production of The Play’s The Thing is a great way to introduce younger audiences to the magic of Shakespeare. This can be performed in your school hall, or outside in your school grounds.
“WE HAVE MARKED THIS DAY AS THE DAY THE GLOBE PLAYERS INTRODUCED OVER 400 OF OUR CHILDREN TO WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND BEGAN A LOVE FOR HIS WORKS THAT WILL LAST THEM A LIFETIME.” DR TRIPLETT’S SCHOOL
Happy New Year! We are delighted to share that we will again live-stream shows to schools in 2021, adding ROMEO AND JULIET to our repertoire for Secondary schools in February. We also have a special version of Romeo and Juliet for Primary schools to celebrate world book day! These are perfect for remote learning, or in the classroom. Macbeth, A Christmas Carol and The Play’s The Thing are also available. Piloted in 2020, schools have called our live, online shows ‘incredibly well done‘ and that they have ‘hugely contributed to student understanding of the play.” Join us in February, March and April!
To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, we are broadcasting this popular introduction to Shakespeare for all ages. CONTACT US to book your school’s place in our digital audience!
Each live-streamed performance is accessed via YouTube, for £150 (+VAT) per school. This can be watched in your classroom or school hall, on laptops and tablets, or sent home so that students can watch independently. Each show is available on catch up for seven days after the initial broadcast, and every performance is followed by a live Q&A session with our actors.
2020 has been a truly chaotic year, but we are so delighted that we have been able to find a way to keep our shows accessible to schools, continuing to bring the experience of live-theatre to young people. Thank you so much to all the schools and home-learners who watched our shows and joined our digital audience – we have been able to reach schools all over the UK and beyond, and your positive feedback and brilliant interaction with us during our post-show Q&A sessions has continually boosted our morale.
In 2021 we will be adding Romeo and Juliet to our programme of live, online shows, so do check out the dates for that! But for now, we wish you a wonderful festive break and a very happy new year.