King Hamlet has been usurped by his brother Claudius, for the throne of Denmark. Claudius has also married Old Hamlet's widow Gertrude.

Already suffering from the grief of his father's death and his mother's rush to remarry his uncle, Hamlet witnesses an apparition of his father who tells him he was murdered by Claudius. Fueled by anger and grief, Hamlet resolves to avenge his father's death.

Shakespeare in your Space: Romeo and Juliet

Online Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The best way of understanding the world and words of a Shakespeare play is to introduce students to it through a series of practical physical exercises. This workshop guide has been created to engage your students with Shakespeare's most renowned tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

Click the link below to download the full guide. Then push back the desks, clear away the chairs and gather in a circle to begin.

Shakespeare in your Space: Macbeth

Online Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

A three-part filmed resource created by Digital Theatre Plus and the Shakespeare Schools Festival that gives examples of how to introduce the story, language and characters of a Shakespeare text to students using practical drama based exercises.

Shakespeare Uncovered: King Lear with Christopher Plummer

King Lear is universally acknowledged as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragic roles. Christopher Plummer has played the role under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller (who, has directed it six times). Lear was, in fact, a real English king, who lived 800 years before Christ.

The historic story has a happy ending, but Shakespeare gave his theatrical interpretation a dreadful dénouement that has been shocking audiences for 400 years.

Shakespeare Uncovered: David Harewood on Othello

Astonishingly, David Harewood was the first black actor to play the great Moorish Venetian general Othello at London’s National Theatre, triumphantly taking on the role - but not until 1997. Now he returns to the play to discover how the centuries have changed our views of it.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Hugh Bonneville on A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hugh Bonneville started his career at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, understudying Ralph Fiennes as Lysander, one of the four lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He and Fiennes meet up again to try to untangle the extraordinary plot of one of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular plays, a great comedy of love and enchantment.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Joseph Fiennes on Romeo and Juliet

Joseph Fiennes has a unique perspective on Romeo and Juliet. He played Shakespeare – both writing and performing as Romeo – in the film Shakespeare in Love. Now he wants to examine why it remains themost-performed of all Shakespeare plays.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Kim Cattrall on Antony and Cleopatra

Kim Cattrall explores the real character of the great Queen of Egypt, and travels to Rome, ironically Marc Antony’s city, in her quest to find out more about the historical Cleopatra.  She also meets with her director, Dame Janet Suzman, who herself made an iconic Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973. Together they begin to uncover the truth behind this astonishing middle aged love story.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Morgan Freeman on The Taming of the Shrew

Freeman first discovered Shakespeare in school in Mississippi.  He went on to play the hero of this play - Petruchio - in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production in New York, set in the Wild West. 

Freeman notes this play has set the template for all of the battle of the sexes comedies that have followed; many a romantic comedy has The Taming of the Shrew running through its veins.

Measure for Measure

Sexually transmitted disease is reaching epidemic proportions. Prostitution, licentiousness and petty crime are on the increase and a new government reintroduces capital punishment for sexual offences. Modern themes in an age-old play as William Shakespeare explores the darker side of society.


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