Stephen's got a job as an actor, and he and Ashlie go to the Globe Theatre in London to pick up his costume – and to find out about England's most famous writer, William Shakespeare.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


hi, could you please explain to me, in preparation task, why is it "Do you ever go to the theatre?", "Do you ever wear costume?". I think it should have been present perfect tense here "Have you ever...?"

Hi quoc hung,

Both the present simple and present perfect can be used in this way. Using the present simple implies that perhaps you regularly do the action, whereas the present perfect asks about your life experience until now. I imagine there are quite a few people who go to the theatre regularly, though probably fewer who wear costumes regularly.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I like much go to the theatre and, until recently, I saw many theatrical performances in my city.
No, I haven't been in a play.


I need audio/video listening materials. Can I download the audio or video contents?

Hello hameed,

I'm afraid that our videos are not available for legal reasons. All of our podcasts and other audio materials (e.g. Elementary Podcasts, Big City Small World), however, are available for free download. Many of our pages with audio also have the exercises in downloadable PDFs as well.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I went once or twice to the theatre, it was great.
I don't remember having been in a play, but I'd like my children to do it because I think they should have fun. Moreover, it will make them more confident and self assured.

Yes, I've gone to the theatre a lot of times.
Yes, I've been in a play two or three times and I wore costumes.

Hi guys.Could someone explain me is there any difference between these constructions ''Is this really what the actors would have worn?'' and ''Is this really what the actors would wear?''

Hello anton81,

'would have worn' is a conditional perfect form whereas 'would wear' is a simple conditional form. The first one refers to a past hypothetical situation – for example, to what actors might have worn during Shakespeare's time – whereas the second one refers to a present or future hypothetical situation – for example, to what actors wear nowadays.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
thanks for answering.Could you clarify my doubts?From the context I inferred that meaning of the construction 'would have worn' was 'used to' (for example ''Is this really what the actors used to wear?'') and 'would have worn' was a mistake whereas 'would wear' in the meaning 'used to' would have been correct.Am I wrong?
Best wishes,