Since the project’s inception six years ago, Deutsche Bank and Shakespeare’s Globe have provided more than 50,000 individuals and 70% of London secondary schools with the chance to experience a live performance of a Shakespearean play at the theatre free of charge. The programme also provides in-school workshops, training sessions for teachers at the Globe and a lively, interactive website at .playingshakespeare.org.
The production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is designed to appeal directly to 11- to 16-year-olds; students from 119 schools from every London Borough will see the play for free.
Deutsche Bank’s support also includes two free public performances on the 2 and 3 March; tickets for these nights were taken up within an hour of the tickets being released.
Colin Grassie, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank UK, commented: "At Deutsche Bank, we believe that culture can ignite young people's passion to learn and spur them on to exceptional achievements. We've worked with Globe Education for a decade on exciting projects like this to help open up a new world to students in London."
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education and a patron the project, said: "Globe Education and Deutsche Bank offer thousands of young people from state secondary schools across London their first experience of live Shakespeare - for free. Each year workshops and online resources support a vibrant production giving teenagers the chance to enjoy Shakespeare's genius in an unforgettable performance on the Globe stage. It's fantastic that our greatest writer is introduced to the next generation in this way."
Click here to find out more about the Globe’s Education Programme.
Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is part of the Bank’s extensive Corporate Citizenship programme in the UK; click here to find out more about Deutsche’s activities in this area.