Shakespeare Week Events

This list shows all the Shakespeare themed events taking place across the UK in 2016. This year, 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, we are keeping the events list open to celebrate Shakespeare throughout 2016 not just during Shakespeare Week.

Events for Shakespeare Week 2017 will be listed from November 2016

There are events for schools, for families and for home educators. To see events which might interest you please tick any combination of the boxes below then click ‘search’ to see your filtered list. To change your selection simply select new tick boxes and click ‘search’ againYou can also search by key work using the box on the right.

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Shakespeare and the 21st-century classroom

Join us this summer for our Reading for Pleasure conference which will bring Shakespeare to life for the 21st-century classroom. Featuring an impressive line-up of authors, practitioners and teachers, this special event begins at the Guardian Education Centre and finishes at the British Library.

The event will be chaired by the Guardian’s Children’s Books Editor, Julia Eccleshare. Malorie Blackman, author of more than 60 books, including the award-winning Noughts And Crosses and former Children’s Laureate, will discuss her latest book, Chasing [...]

Suitable for
  • Home Educators
  • Schools
Date and Time
Fri 1 Jul 2016, 9.15 - 16.00
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access| Refreshments
Website
http://www.bl.uk/events/teachers-shakespeare-and-the-21st-century-classroom

Shakespeare in Ten Acts: Workshops

Experience the theatrical world of Shakespeare!

Led by one of our workshop leaders, sessions will guide students through this rich exhibition, highlighting unique artefacts on display including the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, as well as film, props, costume, objects and manuscripts.

Imaginative activities will introduce the stories and language of Shakespeare in a hands-on, accessible way through writing, drawing, discussion and role-play. Students will develop their enjoyment and confidence in talking about some of Shakespeare’s characters, themes and devices and [...]

Suitable for
  • Schools
Date and Time
Fri 15 Apr - Tue 6 Sep 2016
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access| Refreshments
Website
http://www.bl.uk/events/primary-shakespeare-workshops

Snappy Shakespeare – One or Two Hour Workshop

This workshop will give your class a fun, interactive overview of one of the following plays: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth. Our workshop facilitator will work with the group to tell a whistle-stop version of the story before exploring the language and themes of the play through a variety of fun games and exercises.

Suitable for
  • Schools
Date and Time
Available throughout Shakespeare Week and the rest of the year.
Facilities
Disabled Access
Restrictions
Available to schools within the M25. This workshop will take place at your venue and can accommodate up to 30 children from KS1 or KS2. Prices start at £220 for up to two hour-long workshops. To book, please email Jessica Randall, Schools Relationship Officer, jessica@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329.
Website
http://www.polkatheatre.com

Inspired by the Bard – Play in a Day

Using one of Shakespeare’s iconic plays as a starting point, your class will work together to create an original piece of theatre to perform at the end of the day. This can be based on themes, characters or elements of the story from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or The Tempest. The workshop will give students a lively introduction to Shakespeare, encourage teamwork and develop performance skills.

Suitable for
  • Schools
Date and Time
Available throughout Shakespeare Week and the rest of the year.
Facilities
Disabled Access
Restrictions
Available to schools within the M25. The workshop will be held at your school and can accommodate up to 30 children. Cost £420. To enquire, please email Jessica Randall, Schools Relationship Officer, jessica@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329.
Website
http://www.polkatheatre.com

Macbeth ‘Who Killed Banquo?’ Drama Workshop

A lively police and forensic investigation into Banquo’s murder, including crime reconstructions. Participants aim to discover the ‘truth’ about his untimely death. 10% discount offered on usual fees.

Suitable for
  • Schools
Date and Time
Ongoing
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access| Refreshments
Restrictions
2 hour duration. Maximum 40 children. Years 5 & 6. Offering at discounted fee of just £166.50 - including all travel expenses, resources, equipment and a FREE teacher pack of supporting notes and fantastic follow-on ideas. Call 0161 881 0868
Website
http://www.artsonthemove.co.uk

Free “Teaching Shakespeare” teachers resource

Shakespeare never wrote a single play to be studied. He wrote them to be performed by actors. Learning how to work with Shakespeare from an actor’s perspective is essential to appreciating his brilliance!

Theatre Workout Education has created a free resource to help you give your students the actors experience of Shakespeare.

Suitable for
  • Home Educators
  • Schools
Date and Time
NA
Facilities
Disabled Access
Restrictions
Downloadable document
Website
http://www.theatreworkout.com/#!resources/cjy8

Plague & Prose

A look at life during a time when death was always very close by and magic could save the day.

Suitable for
  • Families
  • Home Educators
  • Public
  • Schools
Date and Time
Weekends 12th of March - 11th September. 1pm - 4pm
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access
Website

Shakespeare Drama & Dance Workshops

Drama and Dance workshops that explore Shakespeare’s plays via social history and reconstructed historical dances. Can be tailored to any play or historical period used in Shakespeare’s plays.

Suitable for
  • Families
  • Home Educators
  • Public
  • Schools
Date and Time
Anytime, please contact us to book.
Facilities
Disabled Access
Restrictions
The Shakespeare 4 Schools educational package has been developed from years of teaching drama students to understand Shakespeare and his world. Our workshops allow pupils to explore the life of Shakespeare's characters by inhabiting their period and physically moving in time. Suitable for all Key Stages in schools, colleges and higher education; our workshops are tailored to suit the needs of your students. We also offer play choreography and can assist with play production.
Website
http://shakespeare4schools.co.uk

Shakespeare Workshops

Our workshops can be tailored to any Shakespeare play and any topic you require.

Each of our 90 minutes workshops offer:

-An opportunity to work with a professional workshop facilitator and a professional actor from our cast (subject to performance schedules – if we cannot provide an actor we will provide two professional facilitators).

-We can work with up to 30 students per workshop, ensuring that each student has the opportunity to really get involved. Larger workshops by negotiation.

-A comprehensive education pack [...]

Suitable for
  • Home Educators
  • Organisations
  • Schools
Date and Time
Any time
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access| Refreshments
Restrictions
This should be booked to take place at your school or theatre
Website
http://www.icarustheatre.co.uk

Witches or Wise Women? The Trial of Macbeth’s Weird Sisters

For the third year running, we are offering pupils the opportunity to experience a Macbeth-themed mock trial in a real courtroom at the iconic Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham.

Aimed at Years 5 and 6, this 1 hour interactive educational workshop will provide an introduction to the history of James I anti-witch craft laws.

In ‘Witches or Wise Women? The Trial of Macbeth’s Weird Sisters’ your group will decide if they were wise women or something more sinister and powerful. [...]

Suitable for
  • Home Educators
  • Schools
Date and Time
Various dates throughout the year
Facilities
Toilets| Disabled Access
Website
http://www.nccl.org.uk/?activity=literary-inspired-courtroom-workshops