Shakespeare's MacBeth begins with witchcraft and ends with a bloody, severed head. It's a play filled with riddles, prophecies, nightmare visions, and death. This video explores the relevance of MacBeth's themes of violence, power and ambition.
This interactive version of Romeo and Juliet can help students read and understand the play. There are numerous links in every act that explain Shakespearean words and provide pictures and videos to help you get a visual of what is happening.
This resource pack explores the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet. The notion of "love at first sight" is discussed; the scene is set in context and students move on to looking in detail at the religious imagery used by Romeo and Juliet in Act 1, Scene 5. The sonnet form is then introduced. Students...
This video does an excellent job of explaining iambic pentameter and Shakespeare's language. This peek into the rhythm of his words reveals a poet deeply rooted in the way people spoke in his time — and still speak today.
"Some people question whether Shakespeare really wrote the works that bear his name – or whether he even existed at all. Could it be true that the greatest writer in the English language was as fictional as his plays?" This video shows how a linguistic tool called stylometry might shed light on the...
“You’re a fishmonger!” By taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s words, specifically his insults, we see why he is known as a master playwright whose works transcend time and appeal to audiences all over the world. (site)
This amazing interactive gives students a chance to direct a scene from Romeo and Juliet. Students can make choices about how the scene is played out. There is excellent background information, including videos, about the entire process of staging a play.
Shakespeare Uncovered is a collection of videos that combines history, biography, performances and analysis to tell the stories behind Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Choose a play along the left menu or Lesson Plans.
These two videos explore the very beginnings of the literary and movie genre we now consider "romantic comedy" with clips from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The videos focus on the relationships between Benedick/Beatrice and Hero/Claudio.