Celebrated author Michael Morpurgo's fresh retellings of Shakespeare's timeless stories for schools and families.

The former Children’s Laureate relocates Shakespeare’s characters to contemporary settings to unlock the vivid drama at the heart of the tales. They are read and performed by actors, for young people aged six to 16.

Michael Morpurgo's Tales From Shakespeare will be available free for UK schools, with a new Tale uploaded at 10am every Friday for five weeks, then made available for anyone to buy and watch for up to seven days from the following Monday. Each performance runs for 45 minutes.

For students who want to watch these broadcasts, just share this link with a teacher and ask them to register on your behalf. For young people who always home school, enter 'Home School' as the school to register for access. 

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The Tempest

Michael Morpurgo's The Tempest

Celebrated author, Michael Morpurgo retells Shakespeare’s story of magic, love and power in his fresh, moving style.

Available until 1 February | BSL interpreted

Read and performed by Amanda Hadingue & Mogali Masuku
Directed by Aaron Parsons  

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Booking ends at midnight on 30 January



Michael Morpurgo's Macbeth

One of a series of storytelling moments for schools and families. Beloved and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo retells Shakespeare’s Scottish play of revenge and power in his fresh, moving style, read by RSC Actors.

Available from 1 February for seven days | BSL interpreted

Read and performed by Avita Jay & Dyfrig Morris
Directed by Hal Chambers    

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Booking ends at midnight on 6 February


The Winter's Tale

Michael Morpurgo's The Winter's Tale

In the last of our series, the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) will read his contemporary retelling of The Winter's Tale, a story full of loss, hope and homecoming.

Available from 8 February for seven days | BSL interpreted

Read by Michael Morpurgo
Scene performed by William Grint & Zoe Lambert
Scene directed by Aaron Parsons    

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Booking ends at midnight on 13 February


Written by Michael Morpurgo
Music - Phil James
Company Voice & Text Work - Anna McSweeney
Production Manager - David Tanqueray
Company Manager - Pip Horobin
Stage Managers - Sarah Caselton-Smith, Kirsty MacDiarmid
Producer - Ben Tyreman 

Michael Morpurgo’s Tales From Shakespeare used with permission of the author and Harper Collins.

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