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.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello anton81,

In this context 'would have worn' is perfectly fine. You can imagine it as part of a third conditional form:

Is this really what the actors would have worn if we had seen them in their original clothes?

If we wanted to simply say 'used to' then we would have several choices:

Is this really what the actors used to wear (typically)?

Is this really what the actors wore (generally or for a particular performance)?

Is this really what the actors would wear (typically)?

Is this really what the actors were wearing (at the time/when doing the play)?

Which of these we choose is really a question of style and emphasis.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Tea

Hello Peter,
thanks a lot , I see my mistake.
All the best,

Hii dear
I have a problem with watching videos

Hello asim khider,

I'd recommend you install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player on your device. This usually solves video problems, but if not, you could also try using a different browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer/Edge). If that doesn't work, please let us know what browser version and operating system you're using.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

This is WOW!

Nice scene

Hi, I can't see the preparation task...thanks!

Hello Beatriz,

There is no exercise under Preparation for Word on the Street – it's just those questions that are designed to help prepare you for viewing the video.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, it was a great experience , i really have learned much :)
I really have a problems with listening , how can i resolve this point .

Hello kader05,

I'd recommend you listen to a video like this one a couple of times and then, after that, listen to it again while reading the transcript a couple of times. Then listen to it again the next day and see if you understand it better. Make a note of the kinds of words and phrases that you found difficult and study them. Then watch another video and repeat this process.

At first, your progress will probably be slow, but if you keep to this method, you should find that your listening comprehension improves over time.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team