Shakespeare’s Globe Continues to Keep the Nation Entertained  With a Plethora of Digital Entertainment 

Gabriella Ross

The wonderful world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe are streaming over 40 plays from their website.   All of our favourites are in the library – including Twelfth Night, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet - and plays are easy to find under the genre titles of Comedy, Tragedy and History. Prices start at £5.99 to rent a film and £11.99 to buy and can be viewed from the comfort of your armchair.   There’s also a great option to send a play as a gift to someone making it the perfect Valentine’s Day share, Mother’s Day treat or simple surprise.      Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for binging, there are bundles of 3-4 plays available for £25. 
 
Online Activities and Workshops
Aside from the expected, there’s a host of other online activities and workshops to keep all the family entertained this half term and beyond.   There are a number of puppetry, plays and storytelling workshops catering for different age groups - 3–8 years, 8–12 years, 5–12 years and 12+ years.  Each are all available to access on Zoom and run till 21 February 2021. Tickets start from £20 per household.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Image courtesy of Shakespeare’s Globe
 
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14-19 February 
Explore the story and characters of A Midsummer Night’s Dream through puppetry.

Join online for a part puppet- show, part family-workshop. Your child will have the opportunity to both watch as interactive audience member and have a go themselves, using simple household objects and learning skills to bring their puppet alive and creating their own scene. Recommended for ages 3+ and their families. All those attending a session must be accompanied by an adult on screen at all times.  Find out the full details including session length, price and how to book a place here
 
Twelfth Night Workshop. Image courtesy of Shakespeare’s Globe
 
16 – 21 February 
If music be the food of love, play on!  — Twelfth Night, Act I, scene 1

 
Explore the antics of Sir Toby Belch and friends in this fun and practical interactive online workshop. Using a range of activities and games designed to draw out elements of the play’s language, characters and themes, this session will bring you together with other families to dive into the world of Shakespeare’s chaotic tale of disguise, adventure and love.
 
Workshops will be led by one of the Globe’s highly experienced practitioners who include actors, teachers and directors. You can enjoy this as an experience on its own or alongside one of their related storytellings.  Recommended for ages 5–8 and their families. All those attending a session must be accompanied by an adult on screen at all times. See further details here

13 - 21 February
Macbeth Workshop, 12+ Years
 

Bring Macbeth to life in this practical interactive online workshop, designed for the over 12s.  This event uses a range of activities and games designed to draw out elements of the play’s language, characters and themes. The session is designed for young people with an interest in Drama or English Literature and is an engaging way to enhance the study of Shakespeare. No previous experience is required, just a desire to jump in and enjoy exploring one of his spine-tingling tragedies.   Workshops will be led by one of the Globe’s highly experienced practitioners who include actors, teachers and directors. Book here
 
If they don’t tempt your little ones, there’s a lot more Telling Tales events to explore. Click here to find out more  

Feel the Love 
If you’re feeling like you need a little romance in your life this February, it is the month of love after all, then Shakespeare’s Globe are streaming Romeo and Juliette for FREE.   It’s filmed from Shakespeare’s Globe and is a special adaptation for young people, but we feel it’s just as entertaining for adults.    Tune in on YouTube before 31 March 

Macbeth. Image courtesy of Shakespeare’s Globe

Student Inspiration and Online Support
Finally, to support all the students and teachers now working at home, there’s a ton of online workshops to bring Shakespeare’s work to life.  Macbeth can be downloaded for FREE by teachers if they complete the online form and Shakespeare’s Globe have a multi-modal package of high quality resources including curated live sessions and selected pre-recorded material, all delivered by their scholars, faculty and artists.  

 

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