Coordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare Week introduces primary aged children to Shakespeare’s life, works and times in a fun and engaging way. We provide the tools and support to enable schools, families and cultural organisations to take part across the UK.
Why celebrate Shakespeare?
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust passionately believes that Shakespeare is not only for all time, but for everyone, and that having a great first experience of Shakespeare should be something every child experiences. That’s where Shakespeare Week comes in.
Shakespeare is a named author on the curriculum in 65% of countries, studied by around half of the world’s schoolchildren every year. He has been hailed as the UK’s greatest cultural export, and the foremost reason why people are proud to be British. Yet many British children encounter Shakespeare only in their teens as a mandatory subject studied for exams. Many grow up to regard Shakespeare as difficult, and not for them, and in turn are very unlikely to introduce their own youngsters to his creative influence. This is why Shakespeare Week is so important because it opens the door to Shakespeare and ensures that children have a great first encounter with one of the world’s most famous playwrights.
What does Shakespeare Week do for children?
Shakespeare Week offers cross-curricular resources and activities to teachers and families inspiring them to explore Shakespeare in creative and cross curricular ways. All participating teachers can order Passports to Shakespeare for their pupils. The Passport to Shakespeare is a little booklet for children to keep and record their ongoing enjoyment of Shakespeare. Shakespeare Week is supported in every corner of the UK by a range of cultural partners who offer exciting events for schools and families in their localities. Partners can list their events on our site and promote the wonderful work they do in their regions.
Together, we have already helped bring Shakespeare to life for an estimated half a million children across the UK.