What Was Shakespeare’s Theatre Like?

“There is only one way to experience Shakespeare’s plays and that is live, you have to feel them as an audience or as a performer. This is the best way to understand them. We provide these resources ideas as possible ways in but we are making live entertainment and our shows will bring you the joy of Shakespeare’s theatre. These links are interesting but the plays the thing…”

What Was Shakespeare’s Theatre Like?
A junior entry level explanation of the Globe theatre.
BBC Education Shakespeare Globe theatre.

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BBC Education The life of Shakespeare

“There is only one way to experience Shakespeare’s plays and that is live, you have to feel them as an audience or as a performer. This is the best way to understand them. We provide these resources ideas as possible ways in but we are making live entertainment and our shows will bring you the joy of Shakespeare’s theatre. These links are interesting but the plays the thing…”

BBC Education The life of Shakespeare

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Life of Shakespeare

Life of Shakespeare Shakespeare for schools

 

This is a good listen. It explores Shakespeare as the genius from the midlands and clears the ideas of the plays being written by someone else. Enjoy.

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New RSC Season Announced

RSC New Season

Royal Shakespeare Company Announced the new season.

See the complete list here

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Chance to see RSC productions in cinema.

RSC Shakespeare Cinema
Here is the chance to see RSC productions in cinema.
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Shakespeare Globes: A reconstruction of the venue that the original plays were created and performed.

shakespeares globe

Shakespeare Globes: A reconstruction of the venue that the original plays were created and performed.
Visit: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/

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How to teach Shakespeare: Hamlet

How to teach Shakespeare Hamlet

This is a good in depth exploration of the play.

Read the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jqtfs

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How to teach Shakespeare: Best ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Book Version for Primary Schools

A Midsummer Nights Dream book story by Andrew Mathews

A Midsummer Nights Dream book story by Andrew Mathews

I think this Orchard adapted story by Andrew Mathews and Tony Ross book is great for Primary schools to get familiar with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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But remember ‘ The PLAY is the thing….’

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How teach Shakespeare: Best A Midsummer Night’s Dream Videos for Schools

Shakespeare wrote plays to be listened to and be watched live. He had his audience of up to 2,000 people between one and at most twenty metres away. I don’t think the plays can be truly understood or enjoyed being ‘watched digitally’.This is what Theresa May replied when I asked her why the Education Department didn’t help schools see live shows. Theatre is experiencing the story through listening to people talk. It is a social experience of the audience and cast, interacting through laughter, gasps or silence. In Tudor theatre the audience were talked directly to in the soliloquies. This is when a character shares directly with the audience their true and deepest thoughts. Quite often these are the lines that resonated through the the past 400 years to live in our culture. So many productions I have been involved with change when they interact with the audience. I think ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is close to a farce and so is even harder to appreciate in any other environment than a live performance.

And I am not agreeing with the government on this one but I know it is useful to familiarise your pupils with the plays before they see it live so here are a few suggestions.

Secondary School: Live at the Globe. The full production from this summer.

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Infants and Juniors: CBBC version. Benefits from being live.

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A basic introduction for all. Not my favourite in this series.
BBC Shakespeare: The Animated Tales.A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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But remember ‘ The PLAY’s the thing….’

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How to teach Macbeth. Create a Shakespeare play in a day.

Macbeth picture book by Andrew Mathews illustrated by Tony Ross

This is a great cartoon version from the BBC Animated Tales with the wonderful Brian Cox and Zoe Wanamaker in the leads.

 

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How to teach Macbeth. Create a Shakespeare play in a day.

Macbeth picture book by Andrew Mathews illustrated by Tony Ross

We recommend this picture book versions of Macbeth by Andrew Mathews illustrated by Tony Ross.

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