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The Globe Theatre Trip

This week Year 7 students were treated to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe. The production was organised as part of the Globe Education programme ‘Playing Shakespeare’.

The programme, now in its sixth year, aims to teach young people across London about the work of William Shakespeare. It believes the best way for them to learn is through enjoyment, which is why they have created a number of lively ways for them to experience Shakespeare in action.

The production offered a fantastic opportunity for our students to visit the famous theatre they have been studying in class. Shakespeare’s Globe, a modern reconstruction of the Globe, opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230m) from the site of the original theatre.

The theatre was originally built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642.

Our students got to experience Shakespeare’s work the way it was originally meant to be – in an open top theatre, right in front of the action.

This particular production of A Midsummers Night’s Dream was devised with young people in mind, making Shakespeare more accessible and appealing through its choice of set design, costumes and music.

The ‘Playing Shakespeare’ programme is Globe Education’s flagship project. The production, workshops and web resources introduces performance into the classroom study of Shakespeare and provides students the opportunity to enjoy live Shakespeare.

Central Foundation Boys’ School is pleased to have joined other schools across London in this project. Thank you to all the CFBS staff that assisted with the success of this trip.

For more information on the production please visit their website: http://2012.playingshakespeare.org/

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