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Shakespeare Unlocked

Synopsis
The series of 12 short films for each play are designed to help students develop their understanding of the language, character development and dramatic devices at the core of the GCSE English Shakespeare curriculum. The website explores the interpretative choices at the heart of all Shakespeare’s plays and also provide ideas for activities and discussion in the classroom.

12 films about Romeo and Juliet: Act II, sc. ii; Act III, sc. i; Act III, sc. v.
12 films about Macbeth: Act I, sc. vii; Act II, sc. ii; Act V, sc 1
12 films about A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act I sc. ii; Act II, sc. 1
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Multimedia
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2012

Credits

Cast
Sam TroughtonRomeo
Mariah GaleJuliet
Jo Stone-FewingsOberon
Pippa NixonTitania
Alex HassellDemetrius
Christopher GodwinPeter Quince
Felix HayesNick Bottom
Lucy Briggs-OwenHelena

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Macbeth; Midsummer Night’s Dream, A; Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama; Education
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals; Workshops; World Shakespeare Festival 2012
Related items
Macbeth
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Romeo and Juliet

Notes

Notes
Students are able to ‘unlock’ key scenes from RSC theatre productions of three of Shakespeare’s most widely studied and performed plays, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By visiting the portal at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/shakespeare they can click through to explore three pivotal scenes from each play, each containing significant moments for character and plot development.
General
Filming of the stage productions took place in 2011 on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, with the workshops captured at the RSC’s Clore Learning Centre. Macbeth was directed by Michael Boyd, Romeo and Juliet by Rupert Goold, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Nancy Meckler.

Production Company

Name

BBC Learning

Distributor

Name

www.bbc.co.uk/Shakespeare

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