Digital linguistic analysis as a rehearsal tool at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Professional practice, training and standards


As a result of his research using new techniques in the digital analysis and visualisation of Shakespeare’s language Professor Jonathan Hope was invited to work with the company of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hope’s findings highlighted unusual interaction patterns between characters, a focus on objects (props), and very frequent references to space and movement in the language of the play. Actors used Hope's research findings to inform rehearsal and performance of the play which was performed to 14,509 teachers and pupils from more than 100 London schools over a two-week period in February and March 2012. Hope's engagement with the Globe Theatre has generated impact through its effect on the actors and their performances, through the pupils' engagement with the play, and in its contribution to the Globe Theatre’s status as a national leading arts educational organisation. The impact has been extended to the 2013 schools production of Romeo and Juliet, playing to 16,325 school teachers and pupils from 128 schools.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactCulture and creativity, Professional practice, training and standards


  • digital analysis
  • Shakespeare
  • Globe Theatre
  • linguisitics
  • REF2014 impact case study