Performed over three weeks in March, this inspiring, fast-paced production of Romeo and Juliet was seen by 16,000 secondary school students from London. The project enabled more than half of the teenagers to experience live theatre for the first time and for 72% to see Shakespeare performed for the first time. About 1,500 Deutsche Bank employees, family and friends also had the opportunity to enjoy the play.
This production is a result of the seven years long partnership between Deutsche Bank and the Globe, providing entertaining and in-depth learning opportunities for students, while enabling Continuing Professional Development sessions for teachers. The resources and workshops prepare the students and teachers and help to fully embed and enhance their understanding of Shakespeare. One of Deutsche’s flagship educational initiatives, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank has so far provided free tickets to over 77,000 young people from over 70% of London state schools.
Colin Grassie, UK CEO at Deutsche Bank said: "In the seventh year that Deutsche Bank has supported 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 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."
To find out more about the project and the play, please visit www.playingshakespeare.org, an accompanying interactive website for students and teachers alike.
Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank