Shakespeare Stories for Children to Stream


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Tales from Shakespeare by the RSC

As part of their “Tales for Winter” digital series, the Royal Shakespeare Company will be streaming modern versions of the Bard’s most well-known plays for the next five weeks.

Award-winning British author Michael Morpurgo, best known for his children’s novel War Horse (on which the stage play is based), has adapted five plays in a series called “Tales from Shakespeare.” The iconic characters have been relocated to contemporary settings while maintaining the essence of every story. Morpurgo has also adjusted these normally heavy dramas to make them appropriate for children aged six to sixteen.

Each play will be streamed free to UK schools at 11 AM UK time (7 PM Philippine time) every Friday for five weeks and then made available for anyone to buy and watch for up to seven days beginning the following Monday. Each performance runs for 45 minutes.

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Here is the schedule of the streams:

From 11 January – Michael Morpurgo’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Read and performed by Miles Jupp & Anne Odeke
Directed by Hal Chambers

From 18 January – Michael Morpurgo’s Romeo and Juliet
Read and performed by Georgia Landers & Assad Zaman
Directed by Aaron Parsons

From 25 January – Michael Morpurgo’s The Tempest
Read and performed by Amanda Hadingue & Mogali Masuku
Directed by Aaron Parsons  

From 1 February – Michael Morpurgo’s Macbeth
Read and performed by Avita Jay & Dyfrig Morris
Directed by Hal Chambers

From 8 February – Michael Morpurgo’s The Winter’s Tale
Read by Michael Morpurgo
Scene performed by William Grint & Zoe Lambert
Scene directed by Aaron Parsons  

All productions will be streamed live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Tickets are at £5 each or you may buy all five for £15. Click here for tickets and more details.

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