The British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign will be working together to host a series of Shakespeare celebrations across multiple disciplines. The “Shakespeare Lives” program of events will commemorate William Shakespeare’s life and works on the four hundredth anniversary of his death in 2016.
From the British Council website:
The British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign are working with a host of British theatres, museums, educators and artists on brand new productions of Shakespeare’s plays, film adaptations, public readings and educational resources for schools and English language learners of all ages in the UK and around the world.
As it runs throughout 2016, the program will unite the world in festivities through online collaboration as well as celebrations on stages, in films, in schools, and through exhibits. One major project will allow participants from across the globe to “upload and share clips of themselves performing lines from Shakespeare plays.” The program hopes to create a crowd-sourced, digital version of Shakespeare’s works.
The British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign will work with various artists, educators, museums, and theaters to develop film adaptations, educational resources for all ages, staged productions, and public readings.
“Shakespeare Lives” will specifically explore:
- Funding and training opportunities for performance artists.
- International screenings, a film competition, and a film collection tour
- Global translation workshops and touring Royal Society of Literature poets
- Shakespeare’s musical influence in translation, stage and film works, and global music
- Shakespeare-focused English language learning products, a massive open online course (MOOC), a seminar series, and competitions
As part of the learning products, the program will develop an education pack (aimed at ages seven through fourteen) co-created with the Royal Shakespeare Company to be distributed to schools in the UK and promoted around the world through the British Council’s school network. The resource is designed to work in a cross-curricular, global fashion as it investigates the broad themes in Shakespeare’s plays (fairness, equality, identity, family, etc). Packs will include speeches, activities, lesson plans, and digital resources available for download.