July 31, 2013

Bringing Shakespeare to life in London schools – Deutsche Bank extends partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe for another three years

Deutsche Bank is extending its partnership with Globe Education for a further three years to confirm a 10-year relationship and a total investment of over £2.5million in Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank.  The next three years will more than double the 70,000 free tickets to Shakespeare’s Globe given to 70 per cent of London state secondary schools to date.  Every school in London will have the opportunity to be inspired by a Globe Education production, created especially to engage teenagers in their GCSE English Literature studies, and have access to the accompanying free learning resources for students and teachers.

Globe Education’s bold productions have been praised for their edgy interpretation, appealing to teenagers without being dumbed-down and retaining Shakespeare’s own language. The value of the partnership between Globe Education and Deutsche Bank was endorsed by a survey of students who saw last year’s Romeo and Juliet: nine out of 10 pupils said they wanted ‘more Shakespeare’ and six out of 10 felt Shakespeare was relevant to their lives today.

Lareena Hilton, Head of CSR and Communications at Deutsche Bank in the UK, confirmed the 10-year partnership with Globe Education: ”In the new English Literature curriculum students will be required to study two complete Shakespeare plays.  Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank provides the opportunity for students to see a live Shakespeare performance at the Globe.  For many of these students this would not otherwise be possible and it provides a vital and increasingly important experience; bringing Shakespeare's text to life and making it relevant for them.  Inspiring students in activities outside of the classroom encourages greater achievement in the classroom and is a motivator to stay engaged.* Deutsche Bank is delighted to continue the seven-year long partnership with Globe Education and to reach even more young people next year."

Deutsche Bank's youth engagement programme, Born to Be, aims to inspire young people to fulfil 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.  Globe Education’s expertise will also support the teaching of Shakespeare in schools with Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshops for teachers and an extensive interactive web resource, www.playingshakespeare.org, which also stands alone for those schools and students unable to travel to the Globe.

Patrick Spottiswoode, Director Globe Education, said, “Over the next three years over 100,000 students from every borough of London will see Shakespeare's plays performed in the theatre for which they were written.  For most, this will be their first experience of live theatre as well as live Shakespeare.  Thanks to Deutsche Bank's generous support, over 72,000 of the tickets will be free.  I can think of no better way of celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth than to encourage students to meet Shakespeare playfully, as he intended, and at the birthplace of his plays. Over 90 per cent of students who have attended past Globe Education productions have said that Playing Shakespeare at the Globe has excited their interest to see more Shakespeare in the theatre.”

Next year Deutsche Bank’s support will fund the production of The Merchant of Venice, a set text on the English Literature GCSE syllabus for 2014, and more than 24,000 free tickets will be made available from 6 to 20 March.  Globe Education, a charity as part of the Shakespeare Globe Trust, will run an additional week of performances with low-cost tickets offering even more schools an affordable opportunity to attend.  The award-winning, accompanying interactive website resources are free for all schools nationally and internationally.  Full performance times and details will be available soon at http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/discovery-space/playing-shakespeare

For further information on Born to Be please visit www.db.com/borntobe. You can also follow the programme on Facebook www.fb.com/dbborntobe or on Twitter @dbborntobe.


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