March 16, 2015 | London

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank

Since 2007, over 150,000 state school students from London and Birmingham have had the opportunity to attend a Shakespeare performance for free. By combining their expertise, Deutsche Bank and Globe Education have been able to bring Shakespeare to life for thousands of young people by providing engaging, innovative and relevant performances that capture the imagination and encourage learning. For many of the teenagers, the production is their first experience of live theatre.

The Globe Education productions guide 11 to 18 year-old students actively through the works of Shakespeare. They especially emphasise the contemporary relevance of themes – for example, in the case of The Taming of the Shrew in 2017, students were able to explore and discuss societal themes such as gender inequality and sexual identity. The modern interpretation offers a great entry to the world of Shakespeare as well as to theatrical productions in general.

Unique in its scale and ambition, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank also offers additional support alongside the performances. The programme provides workshops for students, so far having reached over 25,000 young people, and continual professional learning for teachers, with 1,100 benefiting since 2007. This support combined supports both the GCSE and A Level curriculum, helping to equip young people for the future.

Playing Shakespeare is building bridges between people

Shakespeare can feel inaccessible to young people unfamiliar with his language and historical context. This is especially true for students whose first language is not English. In London, this group makes up more than 50% of students at inner city schools. Mastering Shakespeare´s pieces though is key to the national curriculum.

Globe Education's bold productions have been praised for their edgy interpretation, appealing especially to teenagers. A survey of participating students speaks for itself: 82% say that seeing a Shakespeare performance improved their understanding of the text and nine out of ten pupils said they wanted "more Shakespeare".

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is part of the Bank's youth engagement programme, Born to Be, which aims to inspire young people to fulfill their potential; to awaken and realise ambitions, encourage lifelong passions, provide experiences otherwise unavailable to many young people, and to help them avoid the risk of exclusion and dropping out of education.

“Seeing Shakespeare in performance can be a turning point for students who grapple with the complexity of language.”

Lareena Hilton Deutsche Bank, Global Head of Brand Communications & Corporate Citizenship

Helping to master Shakespeare


of participants say that seeing a Shakespeare performance improved their understanding of the text

Having a far reach

160,000 free tickets

to students since 2007.

A 360-degree learning experience opens new perspectives

A 360-degree learning experience opens new perspectives
A lively accompanying interactive website creates a 360-degree learning experience and provides an in-depth learning resource for students with a special section with creative activities and teaching ideas for educators.

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