What’s on at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2020?

14 February 2020

Every year, William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London announces a new line-up of world-class performances – making it an ideal destination for English school trips and theatre school trips.

So what’s on at The Globe in 2020 – and what does that mean for your students?

1. Romeo and Juliet

The season kicks off with what is arguably Shakespeare’s most famous play. A dream for English school trips to London, this piece of literature is packed with clever word play, oxymorons, and even sonnets hidden within the iambic pentameter.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ also offers English Literature students a beautiful introduction to the genre of tragedy and all its tropes, while those on a Performing Arts school trip can witness some of the country’s finest actors at work.

Alfred Enoch, best known for playing Dean Thomas in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, will be taking on the role of Romeo. So if you’re looking for a way to get students interested in Shakespeare, a London school trip to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a great way to do it.

2. Antony and Cleopatra

Another tragic love story, Shakespeare school trips to see ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ at The Globe are a real treat for drama and theatre studies students.

Often seen as one of the most interesting and complex female characters in Shakespeare’s work, Cleopatra is always an inspiring sight to behold.

Why not set the scene by visiting ancient Egyptian artefacts at the British Museum before you go? 

3. Twelfth Night

There’s nothing like seeing a live performance at the William Shakespeare Globe Theatre to really bring the Bard’s comedy to life. And ‘Twelfth Night’ is one of the liveliest comedies going.

Full of identity swapping, romance, and hilarious silliness, it’s one of the best ‘gateway’ plays for Shakespeare novices. A light, entertaining, natural choice for an English Literature or Performing Arts school trip.

Need something to get your students inspired before you go? Try ‘She’s The Man,’ a 2006 film adaptation that translates ‘Twelfth Night’ into an American high school. Complete with twins, football, and rom com romance, one of the highlights is Channing Tatum channelling the immortal lines from Act 2 Scene 5:

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”

4. Much Ado About Nothing

Finally, “as merry as the day is long,” there is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

Another classic that offers an ideal introduction into the Shakespearean Comedy genre, ‘Much Ado’ is full of witty sparring and ‘will they / won’t they’ romance.

To bring the play to life still further, your students can try a Lively Action drama workshop. Encouraging pupils to perform the plays themselves rather than just read them, these dynamic workshops really help to enhance understanding of Shakespeare’s brilliant words. Workshops are available for every school age group, and hosted at the Globe itself. 

Test yourself!

Shakespeare’s plays have everything you need from romance to tragedy and violence to gore. But while his plays are widely known, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding him and his work. He has been credited for inventing more than 10,000 words, though experts suspect the real figure is probably approximately a thousand, many of which we still use now. Here we test your knowledge on the Bard