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Shakespeare in Mime

A theater group in India has put together a performance of The Tempest, done completely in mime.  Designed specifically for grade school kids, in the fear that Shakespeare is leaving schools, this performance relies entirely on actions. No words, which makes the story telling that much more challenging.  Read more about this impressive performance here in the New…

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Shakespeare Around the World – Infographic

Here’s a great infographic about Shakespeare and his influence… I didn’t write it, and you can see the entire article here. Enjoy!  

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Shakespeare Festivals

Traveling soon and have kids? Well then, there is no better time to stop by a Shakespeare Festival. Family trips can be mundane and boring on the road, However, there are great ways to mix this up. You can play road games, you can stop by random bizarre sites along the way like a giant…

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Why Drama is so Important in School – PART 1 – COMPREHENSION

Part 1 of the 12 part series: Why Drama is so important in School. – COMPREHENSION I received an email a few weeks ago from a teacher using my books/plays for her students because she wanted them to improve their skills in reading comprehension. She wrote the following to me: “I used your Midsummer Night’s Dream as…

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Beautiful Shakespeare Art

I have been so very lucky to meet a wonderful artist who has captured the plays of Shakespeare in a way unique to anything I’ve ever seen. (examples are below) As with Shakespeare, Jane Tomlinson was born and raised in Straford-upon-Avon. “The Bard has always been a towering figure in my life; his influence permeated my childhood,”…

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Macbeth vs. Macduff – Born or not born?

Ok, my version of Macbeth for Kids is funny, but if you have a spare 3 minutes, this is an absolutely funny and fantastic view of Macbeth and Macduff arguing over whether Macduff was actually “born” or not!  Great stuff by Timothy McSweeney: (Macbeth and Macduff are fencing in front of a castle.) MACBETH: Macduff!…

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Amazing Shakespeare Artwork

I have seen a lot of Shakespeare artwork.  Many pieces of work about what he looks like and many pieces of work about his plays. However, I’ve never seen anything that puts it all together as effectively as the art of Jane Tomlinson.  She has literally put Shakespeare’s world on a map! She has placed every play in it’s…

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The Merchant IN Venice!

That’s right, I said “IN”, the Merchant IN Venice! Read below from one of our guest bloggers about a rare opportunity… I have always wondered how it would be to see Shakespeare’s characters in the places which the Bard himself thought for them, how it would be to see Lorenzo wooing Jessica outside a Venetian…

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Cute Shakespeare Sonnet Readings by a 6 year-old

I recently met someone on Twitter who showed me a couple very cute videos that I thought I would share, enjoy the cute kid:

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Shakespeare’s Top 10 Dirty Jokes

I work hard to make sure kids find him funny with my Shakespeare for Kids books.  But what’s equally clear to me, teens generally consider Shakespeare boring or “Why is my teacher wasting my life reading this #$%@”  As I have seen on Twitter many times.  But hey, if it’s not presented right, it comes…