Shakespeare Week celebrates its 10th anniversary - The Leamington Observer

Shakespeare Week celebrates its 10th anniversary

Leamington Editorial 22nd Feb, 2024   0

A PACKED-programme of events has been announced for the 10th anniversary of Shakespeare Week.

The annual national celebration of Shakespeare for primary school-aged children is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

And this year’s anniversary event is set to be bigger than ever.

Running from March 18 to March 24, highlights will include a day of free workshops and events for Warwickshire school children, which includes the chance to meet Horrible Histories illustrator, Martin Brown, daily online broadcasts from children’s authors and presenters including Michael Rosen and a new interactive online exhibition, Shakespeare’s Family in Nine Objects.

Children can also enter a competition to create a fictional diary as though they are one of Shakespeare’s family.

And budding thespians from Stratford Primary School will take centre stage to perform a version of Romeo and Juliet taken from the new Children’s Folio – an abridged version of the famous book for children that keeps all of Shakespeare’s original language but in an accessible way for younger readers and performers.

Shakespeare Week organiser Sally Gray said: ‘’We’re delighted to mark this significant anniversary with families, our partners, and schools nationwide. As part of our wider learning programme, Shakespeare Week ensures that all children have a positive first experience with Shakespeare and inspires them to continue engaging with his works throughout their lives.

‘’We understand that teaching Shakespeare can be challenging, so the celebration is also an important tool for educators and teachers. Through our free resources, we are empowering them with the confidence and knowledge to teach, what is often perceived as a complex subject to children.”

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