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William Shakespeare


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Victor Oshin (Othello) reaches towards Kitty Archer (Desdemona) as they look into each other's eyes. From ETT's Othello © Helen Murray.

Widely considered the world’s greatest dramatist, William Shakespeare (23 April 1564 - 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet and actor.

Often called the ‘Bard of Avon’, his playwriting career produced classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello. His works have endured for over 400 years and continue to be studied in classrooms across the world.

  • 83Productions
  • 149Video resources
  • 5Written resources

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Explore a selection of popular resources to help you teach the works of William Shakespeare.

On Themes in Romeo and Juliet

Join Professor Carol Chillington Rutter as she breaks down key themes of Shakespeeare’s renowned tragedy including language, time and humour.

At Home with Shakespeare: Macbeth Act 1, Scene 3

Empower students to interpret three versions of Macbeth with the help of Shakespeare expert Ben Crystal.

Dear Mister Shakespeare

In this original piece, multimedia artist Phoebe Boswell questions Shakespeare about the racial tensions in Othello, and explores how these anxieties resonate today.

Shakespeare in Your Space: Macbeth

Introduce students to the story, language and characters of a Shakespeare text with practical exercises from this resource created in partnership with the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

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