Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom

Our initial research with the British Council in 2010 suggested that as many as half the world's schoolchildren are encountering Shakespeare as part of their curriculum.

To find out more about why and how Shakespeare is taught around the world, we worked closely with seven countries: Brazil, Czech Republic, Hong Kong China, India, Oman, South Africa and USA on a project called Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom.

Through the support of the British Council, our practitioner Tracy Irish visited each country to meet teachers, young people and artists, and to share practice, thoughts and ideas about working with Shakespeare.

In addition, schools and arts organisations from Johannesburg and Limpopo, Hong Kong, Kolkata and Los Angeles were partnered with four schools in the UK from our Learning and Performance Network. Teachers, students and artists representing each organisation came together for a four-day seminar in Stratford-upon-Avon in September 2011.

Over the following year, the students learned more about each other's cultures as well as creating performances of Shakespeare and taking the Shakespeare Challenge Bronze Arts Award.

The teachers, students and artists met up again at the Worlds Together international education conference where they shared their experiences with conference delegates. The students became part of our International Youth Ensemble.

Read more about the project and our findings for each country:
Download report: Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom (PDF, 2.8MB)

 Watch a short film of the Stratford seminar: Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom »

Read more about Tracy's experiences in each country:
Tracy's travel blog [coming soon]

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