Nine out of ten students want to see more Shakespeare, according to a survey of more than 600 students who attended a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe. Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is the annual project which commissions a fast–paced production tailored for 11-16 year olds, retaining Shakespeare’s language, directed and performed by Globe professionals and to which more than 16,000 state school students each year are given free tickets. The project enabled more than half of the teenagers interviewed to attend a theatre for the first time and for 72% to see Shakespeare performed for the first time.
Patrick Spottiswoode, Director Globe Education, commented, “For many students, studying Shakespeare is daunting. Over the last seven years, more than 60,000 students from over 70% of London state schools have had an opportunity to meet Shakespeare as he intended, playfully, and in live productions at the Globe thanks to Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. Workshops and prize-winning web resources have encouraged students to o’erperch walls that they previously thought were too high and hard to climb. Shakespeare is no longer dull and dead but dangerous and alternative.”
Colin Grassie, UK CEO at Deutsche Bank said: "In the seventh year that Deutsche Bank has sponsored the highly successful Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank at the Globe, creating enthusiasm for the arts and motivating young people to achieve in an academic environment has never been more important. Deutsche Bank firmly believes in encouraging the next generation to strive for success, and we look forward to seeing the results of this and our wider corporate citizenship efforts."
The partnership between Globe Education and Deutsche Bank which has given more than £1million of free tickets to London state schools as well as providing supporting resources has received wide-spread praise. Marc Sidwell, co-author of The School of Freedom and Managing Editor of City A.M. called the Romeo and Juliet production ‘thrilling’ and commended Deutsche Bank’s support for the project that ‘escapes the perils of dumbing down.’
The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, commented: "Deutsche Bank and Globe Education have created a project that provides an exciting and free introduction to performance on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe for our younger generation. This not only supports the school curriculum but is a highly successful demonstration of how arts organisations and business can work together creatively to engage young people and prepare them to be both the future generators and consumers of the art in which this country leads the world."
The final performance of this year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’s Romeo and Juliet takes place at Shakespeare’s Globe on Saturday 30 March. The award-winning website which can be used as a stand-alone resource is at www.playingshakespeare.org.
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