Globe Theatre

Associated with William Shakespeare, the theatre’s replica building in London’s Bankside is a popular tourist attraction. If you travel with a group, don’t miss the interactive extra lessons on Shakespeare’s most well-known plays.
Tickets for summer performances are available from 5 – 6 GBP.

GR8 to Know
The original Globe caught fire several times. Once it was the staff’s own fault: a gun was used to create real sound effects but the ball fell on the thatched roof and the whole building burnt down completely.

Charles Dickens’s life in short

ch-dickens01Charles Dickens lived in the Victorian Era when Queen Victoria reigned (from 1837 to 1901). Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. His father spent a lot of money and had a large debt to the family went to prison. Charles was too young, so he went to work in a factory where he washed bottles for 10 hours a day. Later he became a clerk, then a shorthand reporter at court and finally a parliamentary reporter. He died in 1870 and was buried at Westminster Abbey, London.

In his novels, Dickens wrote about life in the Victorian Era. He wrote both about the rich and the poor people, he introduced the dirty cities and Victorian London.
His main works include:

  • Oliver Twist (published in 1849),
  • A Christmas Carol (1843),
  • David Copperfield (1850),
  • Tale of Two Cities (1859),
  • Great Expectations (1861).

A Dickensian Christmas Festival in Grassington, North Yorkshire:

Dr Jekyll, Mr Hide and the inventor of the sleeping bag

Author of Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Loius Balfour Stevenson is among the greatest Scottish writers. Born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850 and died in Samoa 44 years later, he was child prodigy, a creative story-teller and a great traveller. Stevenson claimed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s story his worst piece of work, however, it was a sellout right after the first publication.

GR8 to Know about Stevenson

  • his first story was written down by his mother when Little Robert was at the age of six – he dictated the story
  • ‘Velvet Jacket’ was the nickname of the vain teenager Stevenson due to the velveteen coat he used to wear
  • he burnt the first draft of his story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • his former Edinburgh home is now called Stevenson House and can be visited by those who want to spend a B&B-night in an elegant Georgian house
  • Stevenson House claims that Robert L. Stevenson probably invented the sleeping bag, since it had never been described anywhere else – Stevenson wrote about a large linen-fleece sack he slept in during his travels in France

Brig O’Doon and Tam o’Shanter’s story

Close to monument and Memorial Gardens to Rubert Burns in Alloway stands this mighty medieval stone bridge over the river Doon. It was built in the 14th century and what we see today are the remains of that first bridge and the renovated one from the 18th century.


The bridge plays an important role in the poem Tam o’Shanter by Robert Burns. Tam, the hero of the poem meets and is captured by a group of witches on his way home drunk from the local inn. The only way for him to escape is to ride away on horseback over the bridge. He manages to escape, however, his horse loses her tail.

The life of William Shakespeare

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon maybe on 23rd April 1564. Nobody is sure about his date of birth. He was baptised on 26th April, and in those times people were baptised 3 days after their birth. William was the third child of John and Mary Shakespeare. His father was a leather merchant and glove maker and his mother was a ‘local-landed heiress’, which meant that she came from a wealthy family. Her father was a rich farmer.

Visit THIS website to watch the Shakesepare video and do the activities.

 William had two older sisters, Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers called Gilbert, Richard and Edmund.

Young William’s education probably went to school at King’s New School in Stratford where he learnt Latin and Greek languages and History.

On November 28th 1582, at the age of 18, William married Anne Hathaway. Anne was 26 years old when they got married. They had a baby called Susanna in 1583. Two years later, Anne gave birth to twins – a boy called Hamnet and a girl called Judith. Sadly, at the age of 11, Hamnet died.

In the mid-1580s, William arrived in London. When he first arrived in the capital city, he worked as a horse attendant at some of London’s theatres. By 1592, he was earning money as an actor and a playwright. He was managing partner of a company of actors called The Lord Chamberlin’s Men. Their name was changed to The King’s Men after King James I was crowned the new king of England.

By 1697, William earned so much money that he bought the second largest house in his hometown of Stratford. Because it took about four days to get from London to Stratford by horse, William only ever went home during the forty days of Lent when the theatres were closed.

Shakespeare wrote plays called tragedies and comedies (more than 38 altogether). He acted in several of his plays in front of Queen Elizabeth I. He often included the themes of religion, love and the monarchy in his plays. Some of his tragedies are: Romeo and Juliet; Othello; Macbeth; King Lear; Hamlet. Some of his comedies are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Much Ado About Nothing; As You Like It; The Taming of the Shew.

Shakespeare also wrote sonnets – a sonnet is a poem with 14 lines. Shakespeare’s sonnets were about love, death and loss.

William Shakespeare died on April 23rd 1616, which was the same day as his birthday, at the age of 52. He is buried in the Holy Trinity churchyard in Stratford.

Look at the drawings and tell Shakespeare’s life.

A Christmas Carol

Takes part in London at Christmas time.
The main characters are:

  • Ebenezer Scrooge
    a money-lender in London (a greedy, stingy, selfish old man)
  • Jacob Marley
    Scrooge’s business partner, died 7 years before the story begins and comes back as a ghost
  • Bob Cratchit and his family
    Scrooge’s clerk, his wife and children, the youngest is Tiny Timothy (Tim) who is handicapped
  • the three ghosts
    the Ghost of Past, the Ghost of Present and of Future Christmas
  • Mrs Dilber
    Scrooge’s housekeeper
  • Fred
    Scrooge’s nephew
  • Fan
    Scrooge’s sister, Fred’s mother
  • Belle
    Scrooge’s girlfriend, they were engaged but didn’t get married
  • Mr Fezziwig
    Scrooge worked for him, Fezziwig was kind to Scrooge

Charles Dickens’s life in short

ch-dickens01Charles Dickens lived in the Victorian Era when Queen Victoria reigned (from 1837 to 1901). Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. His father spent a lot of money and had a large debt to the family went to prison. Charles was too young, so he went to work in a factory where he washed bottles for 10 hours a day. Later he became a clerk, then a shorthand reporter at court and finally a parliamentary reporter. He died in 1870 and was buried at Westminster Abbey, London.

In his novels, Dickens wrote about life in the Victorian Era. He wrote both about the rich and the poor people, he introduced the dirty cities and Victorian London.
His main works include:

  • Oliver Twist (published in 1849),
  • A Christmas Carol (1843),
  • David Copperfield (1850),
  • Tale of Two Cities (1859),
  • Great Expectations (1861).