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Spring 2014 events at Shakespeare’s Globe

GLOBE Education is welcoming the new year at Shakespeare’s Globe with In this new Spring of Time: a season of public events, talks and workshops for all, exploring Shakespeare and his contemporaries and celebrating the inaugural season of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Tickets are available online at or by calling the Globe Box Office on 0207 401 9919.

Exclusive insights to the Playhouse season are delivered in Rarely Scene pre-show talks from January 14, while key members of the creative teams discuss directing and designing for the new space in very some special Perspectives on January 30 and March 20.

Professor David Scott Kastan, one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare, gives the first talk of the year on January 16, as he explores the ‘completeness’ of Shakespeare’s complete works and how it came about that some versions are distinctly not as ‘complete’ as others.

Globe Theatre artists and leading scholars delve deeper into the early modern canon and explore the works of this season’s playwrights in the Shakespeare’s Fellows Study Day on March 1.

The spring series of Read Not Dead staged readings begins on Sunday, January 19, celebrating the playwrights in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season, including a 1720 adaptation of Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, with a twist.

Families can enjoy unforgettable retellings of Shakespeare’s stories over the February Half Term with Globe Education story-tellers in the popular Story Days. Discover The Tempest on February 15 and The Merchant of Venice on February 22. Suitable for ages 6+.

While a mass of candles will illuminate performances in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, several productions created for or by young people will prevent the Globe Theatre from being dark this spring:

On February 27, the annual Our Theatre performance by Southwark schools will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with their collaborative production, Seven Ages of Shakespeare.

On February 28, Julius Caesar will be performed by the company of young actors from Rutgers Conservatory, in partnership with Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries will be presented by students from top UK drama schools as part of the annual Sam Wanamaker Festival on April 6.

Over 24,000 students from London state secondary schools will fill the theatre, all with free tickets to this year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of The Merchant of Venice (March 6 to March 20). London independents and schools outside London can purchase tickets from just £5 for a special third week of performances (March 21 to March 28). For more information, visit

On April 27, Globe Education is presenting John Lyly and the children’s companies’ repertoire, a day of workshops and talks exploring this little-known but highly influential Early Modern playwright and the practice of boys companies from the sixteenth century. Open to the public, the day culminates in a performance of Lyly’s remarkable Galatea staged in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Edward’s Boys, the all-boys company of King Edward’s VI in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s own grammar school.

Globe Education presents a year-round programme of public events including talks, workshops, study days, family entertainment, concerts and comedy. More information and tickets for all of the above can be found online at