Back with a full program of shows and activities for the first summer since 2019, Shakespeare’s Globe will welcome families to Bankside for a summer of theatrical fun.

The iconic Globe Theater will host a host of CBeebies favorites in filmed performances of CBeebies As You Like It from August 9-10. This special adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy with a CBeebies twist will feature song, dance and participation, recommended for ages 3 and up. Returning Favorite Steven Kynman (CBebies Romeo & Juliet) will once again star as william shakespearealongside Rebecca Keatley (CBeebies House) as Rosalind, Sid Sagar (Queen Anne for RSC) as Orlando, Liyah Summers (Private Peaceful, Nottingham Theater) as Celia, Tyler Collins (Swashbuckle, CBeebies) as Oliver, Justin Flecher (Something Special, CBeebies) as Duke Senior, Andy Day (Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures, Andy and the Band, CBeebies) as Archibald Frost, Gemma Hunt (Gem in Swashbuckle, CBeebies) as Guardian of the Forest, Nigel Clark (The Baby Club, The Toddler Club, CBeebies) as Le Beau, Forbes Masson (Bartholomew Fair, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare’s Globe) as Duke Frederick, Evie Pickerill (CBebies’ Christmas in Storyland) as Amiens, Anne Odeke (Bartholomew Fair, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare’s Globe) as as Ada, Jennie Dale (Captain Captain in Swashbuckle, CBeebies) as Audrey, Alex Phelps (CBeebies The Night Before Christmas) as Touchstone, and Joanna Adeyinka-Burford (CBeebies House) as Charles the Wrestler. Ensemble roles will be played by Tina Rizzo and Alexander Tilly.

Performances will be filmed in front of a live audience before being shown on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer at a later date.

As You Like It is directed for the stage by Elle While and for television by Geoff Coward. The creative team is completed by Nathan Cockerill (adaptation), Lucy Sierra (scenography), Barrie Bignold (music direction), Hayley Del Harrison (choreography), Mary Lamb (costume design) and Anna Perowne (series producer).

Other productions include Midsummer Mechanicals, the first time the Globe has presented a large-scale production for families and young people. A co-production with Splendid Productions, and co-directed by Lucy Cuthbertson (director of education at the Globe) and Kerry Frampton (Splendid Productions), Midsummer Mechanicals is a hilarious new sequel to the play-in-a-play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, following Peter Quince’s cast’s attempt to recapture the success of their first hit show, Pyramus and Thisbe. Midsummer Mechanicals runs from July 28 to August 21 at Sam Wanamaker Theater.

Artistic director Michael Terry said: “Welcoming an audience of young children who will be loud, laughing and crying, and responding with roars of delight to their favorite CBeebies captions – the atmosphere in The Globe Theater this summer will be as close as possible to the original audience 400 years ago.”

Families can discover the magic of storytelling throughout the year with Globe’s Telling Tales activities, including As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet storytelling sessions (August 22-23 and 24-26 respectively) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream workshops (for 9-12 year olds, August 4-20), the perfect accompaniment to attending a performance of Midsummer Mechanicals.

In addition to the shows, families can explore the secrets and stories of the Globe throughout the summer. The Family Globe Theater Guided Tour runs from June 4 to October 30 and introduces young visitors to the theatrical world of Shakespeare and the historic city of London he inhabited. Special family demonstrations at the Globe, including Elizabeth dressing up and sword fighting.

Located on London’s glorious Bankside, Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe offers a scenic spot for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, where a children’s menu is included.


Summer mechanics

Sam Wanamaker Theater

July 28 – August 21, 2022

From 5 years

The famous cast of actors from A Midsummer Night’s Dream take the stage in a hilarious new play for families, presented by Shakespeare’s Globe and Splendid Productions. The adorable Mechanics are back with a new masterpiece that’s (almost) ready for the curtain-raiser, with a little help from the audience! Chaos, madness and a stunning finale make this a theatrical dream like no other to delight young and old. Press day is August 4.

As you like it with CBeebies

Globe Theater

August 9-10

From 3 years

This special adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy with a CBeebies twist will be made especially for preschoolers and their families. Featuring favorite CBeebies stars, four performances will be filmed in front of a live audience before being shown on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer at a later date. With lots of song and dance, it’s a unique introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences.

As You Like It for BBC CBeebies is made by BBC Kids & Family Productions, a division of BBC Studios Productions. It was commissioned by Kate Mortonresponsible for commissioning and acquisitions 0-6 and is executive produced by Vanessa Amberleigh.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Family Workshop

Shakespeare’s Globe

August 4 – 20

Duration: 1 hour

Recommended for ages 9-12 and their families

In a fun and hands-on workshop, Shakespeare’s magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, comes to life through a range of activities and games. Participants will also be introduced to the Mechanics – a group of craftsmen-turned-actors caught up in magic and chaos. The workshops will be led by one of the Globe’s highly experienced practitioners which includes actors, teachers and directors.

Narration: as you like it

Shakespeare’s Globe

August 22 – 23

Duration: 1 hour

Recommended for ages 5-12 and their families

Families can be transported to the Forest of Arden for an enchanting live narration of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, where a hilarious tale of romance, forgiveness and mistaken identities is told by our expert storytellers.

Story: Romeo and Juliet

Sam Wanamaker Theater

August 24 – 26

Duration: 1 hour

Recommended for ages 5-12 and their families

The most famous love story of all time comes to life in uplifting live-action narration.

Family Globe Theater Guided Tour

Globe Theater

June 4 – October 30, 2022

Recommended for ages 7-11, suitable for all ages

This tour introduces young visitors to Shakespeare’s London and the theatrical world it created. From blood and blood to poetry and prose, the family visit will delight and disgust. Tours are led by expert guides, in English, with information sheets available in multiple languages.

Family dress up demonstration

July 25 – August 26, 2022

Try on the clothes of a gentleman courtier and learn how to take off your hat like a true Elizabethan!

Family Sword Fighting Demonstration

August 13 – 28, 2022

Summer family activities also include a historical swordfighting demonstration with the Globe Combat Team, a fun introduction to Early modern scene fight.