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Shakespeare Scene 1

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


(How would we survive)
(they would have been in Shakespeare’s day) .could you please explain the tense in those sentences

Hello fadaasiddig,

The verb forms here are examples of speculation. Both sentences have implied if-clauses:

How would we survive if we were alive in Shakespeare's time?

...these are copies of traditional costumes as they would have been if they had been made in Shakespeare’s day



The LearnEnglish Team

(recognise real talent when they see it.)
What's (it) relate to
(How would we survive?)
What's the tense here

Helo fidaasiddig,

In this sentence 'it' refers to 'real talent':

The recognise real talent when they see real talent.



The LearnEnglish Team

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.