Save the date: Romeo and Juliet YouTube premiere.

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Did my heart love 'til now?

We're thrilled to confirm that our premiere of Romeo and Juliet, our 2019 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production created especially for young people and seen by thousands of students and families in the Globe Theatre, will be on our YouTube channel from Monday 28 September until February half term 2021.  

To celebrate this premiere we are dedicating this newsletter to the second most taught Shakespearean play on the curriculum (Macbeth steals the top spot). 

This speedy journey from love to tragedy has gripped the imaginations of many a student and teacher alike and offers an ideal opportunity for young people to empathise with the passionate fight of young against old that Shakespeare depicts in this timeless tale.  

Read on for access to teaching resources, cpd and workshops to support your teaching of this text. 

This edition's free premiere.

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Set your YouTube reminder as our 2019 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank Romeo and Juliet is free to teachers, students and families from 7.00pm on Monday 28 September. 

The show will be accompanied by live tweeting from 6.00pm on Monday, and keep your eye on our social media channels, as we'll be sharing blogs and other related content in the lead up to it. 

The free film is also accompanied by a short introductory lecture by Dr Will Tosh aimed at students and discussing language, structure, form, sonnets and spoiler alerts. A digital programme will be available for free download and the stream will be fully audio described, with introductory notes.

With the stream running until February half term 2021 you can build it into your schemes of work with confidence, and we very much hope you enjoy re-living it or seeing it for the first time. 

Online CPD and Workshops.

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Sign up for one of our 90 minute or three hour Romeo and Juliet online CPD sessions, designed to expand your teaching toolkit for this famous tragedy.   

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Book your place on our Teaching anti-racist Shakespeare CPD session. This 90 minute online session is focused on having empowering conversations in your classroom.  

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Keen students can sign up individually for weekend workshops focusing on Romeo and Juliet. These online sessions are a great way to enhance their learning and enjoyment of this text.   

Spotlight on Romeo and Juliet Resources.

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Explore key characters from Romeo and Juliet with our character profile pages featuring key quotes and interviews with actors about their character's motivations.

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The prologue is an excellent tool for studying plot and the linguistic style of the play. In this video actors from the 2019 production team up with students to produce their interpretation of this key speech.  

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Provoke your students' higher level responses with this essay from Dr Will Tosh about violence and the notion of fate in Romeo and Juliet.  

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Start discussion or provoke written responses from your students on key themes with director Michael Oakley's thoughts on time and love in the play.  

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Focus on identifying and interpreting linguistic techniques in key scenes from the play with our script machines.   

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Watch our epilogue video, produced by the 2019 cast and students involved in the project, and discuss the potency of Shakespeare's use of imagery in the speech with your classes.   

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