SHAKESPEARE’S TELLING TALES

Celebrate the joy of storytelling at Shakespeare’s Telling Tales, our lively family festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival brings together children’s authors, performers and storytellers to celebrate the power of the imagination.

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Join master maker-upper Polarbear for a whirl-wind storytelling adventure in this glorious family show celebrating the creative potential inside all of us. Recommended for: 8+

Let us…on your imaginary forces work!

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Poets Joseph Coelho, Kate Wakeling and Victoria Adukwei Bulley invite you to join them for a fun-filled afternoon of performance and poetry! Recommended for: 8+

How to Hide a Lion

Watkins Studios
Ever needed tips for how to hide a lion? Helen Stephens is the person to ask. Join her for a live drawing, storytelling adventure. Recommended for: 4+

The Black Flamingo

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Get ready for the arrival of The Black Flamingo! Poet, drag and spoken word artist Dean Atta takes you on a journey of self-expression, identity and self-acceptance. Recommended for Young Adults (14+ years)

Oi Kes!

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Join multi award-winning author, Kes Gray for this hilarious interactive event where the fun never stops! Recommended for: 4-7

A Midsummer Night's Dream Storytelling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
A storytelling of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy, with magic, mischief and a very silly donkey. Recommended for: 5-12

Robin Hood Storytelling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
With the help of Globe expert storytellers, Southbank will feel like Sherwood Forest as you join Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men in one glorious hour of storytelling. Recommended for: 8+

The Merry Wives of Windsor Storytelling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The merry wives of Windsor are about to teach Sir John Falstaff a very big lesson. Join us for this family storytelling of love, jealousy and one very big ego! Recommended for: 5 -12

The Merry Wives of Windsor Workshop Ages: 5-8

Watkins Studios
Learn about the themes and characters in Shakespeare’s hilarious play in this practical and fun workshop for all the family. Recommended for: 5-8

The Merry Wives of Windsor Workshop Ages: 9-12

Watkins Studios
Learn about Shakespeare’s hilarious play in this practical and fun workshop for all of the family. Recommended for: 9-12

The Jake Atlas Treasure Hunt

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Rob Lloyd Jones’ fun and interactive event includes take-home facts about Egyptian treasures, a reading from his new book, a quiz and prizes. Recommended for: 7+

Henry V Workshops Ages: 5-8

Watkins Studios
Discover more about this brave King as you play and learn together as a family in this fun, practical workshop. Recommended for: 5-8

You can be anything!

Watkins Studios
Riley has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up and he needs your help to decide! Join Davina Hamilton in this playful storytelling event for the whole family. Recommended for: 4+

An Elephant in the Garden

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel is brought to life by Alison Reade and cellist Clare O’ Connell in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Recommended for: 9+

Meet the creator of Hugless Douglas

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Douglas is a big brown loveable bear in need of a hug. Discover all you need to know about the perfect bear hug and draw your own bear in this interactive talk with David Melling. Recommended for: 4+

Hamleta

Watkins Studios
Can you imagine Shakespeare’s most famous male characters like Hamlet and Macbeth as black women? Use cut-out art and storytelling to get creative and re-write history. Recommended for: 7+

The Garden of Lost Secrets

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Join author A.M. Howell to be swept back in time to a manor house in World War 1, solving the mystery of the Garden of Lost Secrets. Recommended for: 7+

A Midsummer Afternoon’s Writing Workshop

Watkins Studios
Poet and arts educator Jasmine Simms (Queen of the Fairies) will fly directly from the wild forests of southern Germany, to deliver a scenario-based writing workshop loosely based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recommended for: 11+

A Midsummer Night's Dream Workshop: Ages 5-8 year old

Watkins Studios
Play and learn as a family in this fun, practical workshop filled with magic and mischief. Recommended for: 5-8

A Midsummer Night's Dream Workshop: Ages 9-12 year old

Watkins Studios
Play and learn as a family in this fun, practical workshop filled with magic and mischief. Recommended for: 9-12

What the Ladybird Heard

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Join Lydia Monks for an interactive storytelling and illustration session, bringing a whole host of glittering characters to life before your very eyes. Recommended for: 3+