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Shakespeare's Telling Tales


Join a new line-up of acclaimed authors, illustrators and performers for the annual family storytelling festival Shakespeare’s Telling Tales.

With rescued elephants, pirate queens and a host of Shakespeare characters kids will be in for a treat of a weekend celebrating the joy of storytelling.

 (c) Cesare de Giglio

(c) Cesare de Giglio

Opening the festival on Friday 27 July is a new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel An Elephant in the Garden, by Simon Reade. Performer Alison Reid and cellist Clare O’Connell will bring to life the story of Marlene the elephant and her escape to a family’s back garden in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

On Saturday 28 July, a gang of Roald Dahl characters will take over the Playhouse with the Magnard Ensemble’s Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music. Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and a host of dirty beasts will all be brought to life with music and narration.

On Sunday 29 July, Fleurble Laffalot will return to the Globe to explore the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s much-loved Harry Potter books, whilst Chris Riddell will join poet and performer A. F. Harrold for Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard. Also on Sunday, Ankita Saxena, commended twice in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, will lead a hands-on writing workshop for 11-14 year olds inspired by Shakespeare’s retelling of popular stories. Performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho will break down the Shakespearean sonnet and teach participants to write and perform their own in his Superstar Sonnet Spinner workshop.

 (c) Cesare de Giglio

(c) Cesare de Giglio

Throughout the weekend, Globe storytellers will recreate Othello, The Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Workshops exploring the characters and themes of each play will also be taking place each afternoon. Families can also take a trip to Bottom’s Book Market, a magical reading forest beneath The Globe where storytellers will read extracts from some of their favourite stories.

Tickets from £7. Book here

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