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Shakespeare’s Plays
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Shakespeare's Audience

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Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
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Historical context
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This information sheet provides general information about audiences at the time and lists historical figures who we know visited the theatre.

Cue Script Hamlet: Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet, Laertes and Polonius

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Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0
Topic
Hamlet
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Classroom resource

Learn how to use a cue script like Shakespeare's actors would have done. In this scene, Hamlet interacts with Claudius and Gertrude for the first time.

Cue Script Much Ado About Nothing: Beatrice and Benedick

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Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
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Much Ado About Nothing
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Classroom resource

Learn how to use a cue script like Shakespeare's actors would have done. Beatrice and Benedick meet and exchange a series of quick and witty jabs and insults.

Cue Script Othello: Othello, Desdemona and Lodovico

Teaching level
Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
Othello
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Classroom resource

Learn how to use a cue script like Shakespeare's actors would have done. Othello receives news from Lodovico that Othello is supposed to return to Venice.

Soundscape A Midsummer Night's Dream

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Classroom resource

Create the sounds of the fairy woods in your classroom.

Magical Creatures in A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Classroom resource

Add some background to Elizabethan fairies and encourage students to connect them to their own culture.

Fairy Battle

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)A2B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Classroom resource

Be part of the epic battle between Oberon and Titania's fairies at the beginning of the play!

Rehearsing in Shakespeare's Theatre - Cue Scripts

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Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
Historical context
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Classroom resource

Learn how Shakespeare's actors rehearsed their lines.

Cue Script A Midsummer Night's Dream: Demetrius and Helena

Teaching level
Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Resource type
Classroom resource

Learn how to use a cue script like Shakespeare's actors would have done.

Home and Exile in The Tempest

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0
Topic
The Tempest
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Classroom resource

Hot seat some of the characters in The Tempest to discuss different notions of what home is.

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