Shakespeare Lives

Join us for events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work. In 2016 we're marking the 400th anniversary of his death.

Mix the Play platform as part of Shakespeare Lives

Mix the Play

Direct your own production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mix the Play is an interactive video platform that sees the British Council collaborate with the Old Vic Theatre. 

We invite you to create a scene from one of Shakespeare's most loved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Using film samples and effects, you can control a range of elements, including casting, setting, costumes, acting style and music. 

The platform is simple and intuitive and it is easy to share your creations on social media. You do not require any prior knowledge of directing.

Caesar stands outside The Treasury with briefcase

Julius Caesar featuring Mark Stanley and Tony Osoba

The third film in our series of contemporary re-imaginings of Shakespeare's work is an adaptation of Act I Scene II from Julius Caesar.

David Tennant as Richard II in a Royal Shakespeare Company production

Join us to celebrate Shakespeare Day Live on 22–23 April

Join us as the stars shine to celebrate Shakespeare.

Star Cross'd film

Star Cross'd - Laura Dockrill's Romeo and Juliet

Watch 'Star Cross’d' (Duration 04:34). Poet, writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill’s contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare Lives - Play Your Part - Hamlet

Shakespeare Lives: Play Your Part

Take part in our fun, Shakespeare-related actions throughout 2016. We'd like you to share anything on Shakespeare- from your favourite line, to a quote, to a word, to a specific production - and in doing so use the hashtag #PlayYourPart

Exploring English: free online course

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Learning English? Love Shakespeare? Put the two together and study with people from all over the world.

Letter to Shakespeare-Letter Writing Competition

Write a Letter to Shakespeare

‘Letter to Shakespeare’ is a letter writing competition which will provide you an exciting opportunity to express your feelings towards Shakespeare's works and legacy in an innovative way.

Shakespeare Lives in photography

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Check out the winners of the Shakespeare Lives in Photography competition.

Email to Shakespeare

Write an Email to Shakespeare

‘Email to Shakespeare’ is an email writing competition which will give you an exciting opportunity to express your feelings about Shakespeare's works in a digitised way.

Shakespeare Lives in Science

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Shakespeare Lives in Science; poisons, potions and drugs. Do Shakespearean concoctions really work?

A Different Romeo and Juliet

Theatre Performance on 'A Different Romeo and Juliet'

A Different Romeo and Juliet, a 75-minute theatre production, is presented by the British Council in partnership with Graeae Theatre Company, UK, and Dhaka Theatre, Bangladesh.