Welcome to our Tales from Shakespeare page.

The four new Tales for January 2022 are Hamlet, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew and Henry V. Each Tale will be premiered on a Friday then will stay online for you to view for three months. The first film will be featured on this page from Friday 14 January, then come back each week for access to the next Tale.

About the films

Based on Michael Morpurgo's book Tales from Shakespeare, these special events for schools introduce students to some of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. The stories are told by both Michael himself and members of our acting company.

Last year, we showed four Tales: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest. The films themselves are no longer available but schools can still access the literacy resources created for these four plays on our Shakespeare and Literacy Resources page. New resources will be online for the new Tales in January 2022.

Below, you can see videos of Michael answering questions from schools as part of the first Tales from Shakespeare event.

Other resources

 The following supporting resources will also help students who are exploring these plays:

  • Shakespeare Learning Zone - a website including short quizzes and interactive introductions to Shakespeare's plays
  • Activity Toolkits - a selection of toolkits, offering short 15 minute activities designed to be completed by Primary and Secondary pupils at home

  • Homework Help - answers to some of your most asked questions, provided by RSC artists and alumni

  • Play pages - see photos, videos and information about past productions of the four plays: Hamlet, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew and Henry V

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