Playing Shakespeare is back!We’re pleased to announce that our…

Playing Shakespeare is back!

We’re pleased to announce that our 2018 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank will be Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and will run from 23 February – 21 March. 

There are 20,000 FREE tickets available for state secondary schools in London and Birmingham.

‘It is a massive responsibility introducing thousands of young people to Shakespeare’, says the show’s Director Michael Oakley. ‘These are important stories. They raise so many issues relevant to young people. Much Ado About Nothing invites us to challenge our preconceptions about image and the way we present ourselves to each other and society. Particularly relevant in the world today, that in our search for truth, common sense and instinct should prevail as we learn from mistakes and forgive.’


Created for 11 to 18 year olds, Much Ado About Nothing will retain Shakespeare’s text and be edited to around 100 minutes, and there will be a select number of Saturday performances for families.

Since 2007, as part of this partnership with Deutsche Bank, we’ve given away over 170,000 free tickets to students to see a show here. For many, this annual project sees their first experience of live theatre.

There will also be a range of student workshops and teacher CPD opportunities available as well as free online resources to support GCSE and A Level curricula.


London and Birmingham state secondary schools can apply for tickets online now.

All other schools can apply for subsidised tickets online now.

Performances for families and the general public go on sale 25 November and are available online.

We look forward to welcoming you to our theatre in 2018!