London's state secondary schools are set to benefit from a three-year partnership extension between Deutsche Bank and Globe Education, providing more students in the capital with the opportunity to see a Globe Education Shakespeare production.
A Deutsche Bank investment of £2.5 million will more than double the 70,000 tickets already allocated to 70% of London’s state secondary schools to productions at the Globe theatre over the last seven years.
Globe Education’s Shakespeare performances have been praised for their "edgy interpretation" – whilst retaining Shakespeares’ original words.
The partnership was created to engage students in English Literature studies. A survey of students who went to see Romeo and Juliet last year voted in favour of “more Shakespeare” and of the playwright being relevant to their lives today.
Lareena Hilton, head of CSR and communications at Deutsche Bank in the UK, said: “For many of these students this opportunity would not otherwise be possible and it provides a vital and increasingly important experience; bringing Shakespeare's text to life and making it relevant for them.
"Inspiring students in activities outside of the classroom encourages greater achievement in the classroom and is a motivator to stay engaged."
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