BORN TO BE - The Deutsche Bank youth engagement programme

Encouraging academic achievement

Shakespeare can be a daunting challenge for audiences of any age.

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank offers students a new way to learn about Shakespeare – through a fast-paced contemporary production. It aims to inspire greater academic achievement in the classroom.

How it works

It’s crucial for teenagers to understand Shakespeare’s themes and language as they have GCSEs to pass, and the results will affect their next steps in life. However Shakespeare's themes and language are complex, especially for students who speak English as an additional language.
Through live performances, educational workshops and online learning resources, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank helps London state school students and their teachers meet national curriculum requirements, emphasising themes in the plays that are relevant to modern day life. 
London and Birmingham based state schools receive free tickets to performances. For many, this first experience of live theatre proves life-changing.
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Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank 2015

First experience

Since 2007, Deutsche Bank has provided over £2m worth of free tickets to over 137,000 young people.

State schools

70% of secondary state schools in London have taken part.

What they learn

The project supports students at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the curriculum. For students taking GCSE English Literature, it aims to build understanding of:

  • character and motivation
  • language
  • the ideas, themes and issues of the play
  • the text in performance

Bringing learning to life.

Why teaching Shakespeare is so important

Latest News
August 05, 2015Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank celebrates its tenth anniversary with Twelfth Night
Taking place in March, the 2016 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank performances of Twelfth Night will provide a celebration of ten years of the Bank’s partnership with Globe Education and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  Read more

March 06, 2015Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank at the Globe
Almost 20,000 school students visit The Globe theatre as part of Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank  Read more

August 22, 2014Othello announced for 2015 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank
Through Born to Be, the Deutsche Bank youth engagement programme, is extending its partnership with Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe to target disadvantage in schools, providing access to a cultural experience, accompanied by online resources and workshops to support the curriculum.  Read more

March 06, 201416,000 young people to experience Shakespeare’s work live at the Globe Theatre
Starting today until 29 March, the eagerly awaited production of The Merchant of Venice commissioned by Globe Education for this year's Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, is opening at Shakespeare's Globe. Read more

October 22, 2013Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is highly commended by Charity Times Awards 2012
Deutsche Bank’s six year partnership with the Globe Education was highly commended at The 2012 Charity Times Awards. Read more

July 31, 2013Bringing 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. Read more

April 01, 2013Deutsche Bank and Globe Education leave nine out of ten students wanting more Shakespeare
Nine out of ten students who saw Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe now want to see more Shakespeare. Read more

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Last Update: July 26, 2019
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