Globe to globe
Students find out about the Globe to Globe theatre season of Shakespeare plays and then practise booking tickets.
What to do
2. Write the word ‘globe’ on the board. Can any of the students tell you what the word means? Answer: A round ball that has a map of the world on it, or a round object. Explain that ‘The Globe’ is the name of a place. What and where is it? Answer: It’s the name of the theatre where Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. A reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe was opened in 1997 very close to the site of the original theatre.
3. Give copies of the two paragraphs at the top of the activity page to some students and ask them to read out the paragraphs to the rest of the class. Help with any new words and comprehension problems. Clarify that the photographs the students looked at are from six of the 37 Shakespeare productions in the Globe to Globe season. Can the students say which countries the productions might come from?
4. Make copies of the second activity page and cut it in half. Give students copies of the top half. Ask them to quickly read the descriptions and match the titles of the Shakespeare plays with the pictures. When they have finished, check through the answers together, asking students to give reasons for their choices.
5. Focus on the descriptions. Invite students to explain what information is included in the first three lines of each description. Answer: The title of the play; the name of the company; the place the company is from; the language the play is performed in.
Each student in the group then chooses one of the productions and reads the corresponding description in more detail. When they are ready, the students exchange information about the six productions and then decide which one they would all most like to see as a group. Ask the different groups to explain their choices to the rest of the class.
6. Tell the students that you want them to imagine that they are going to go to London to see the production of their choice. What do they have to do first? Answer: Book the tickets. Explain that they are going to look at the booking information for Globe to Globe. They should look at the information and do the following:
If more than one group wants to see the same production, they can do the task together.
7. Finally, students can prepare what they would say if they booked the tickets on the phone.