Newsletter No.1: Macbeth

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Welcome hither...

In these challenging times we're here to support your teaching and general well-being, with teaching resources, videos and blogs designed to ease the burden of adapting to the ever-changing landscape of online or in school teaching. This first edition features Macbeth, our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production. Everyone can watch this show from 7.00pm on Monday 11 May and it will be available online until the UK Government reopens schools. 

Keep reading for helpful resources and some much needed escapism by way of our thanks to you for everything you are doing for us at this time. 

Upcoming YouTube Premiere.

[IMAGE] A man in a blue velvet suit wearing a crown and has his hands up

This year we put our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank twist on one of the most popular Shakespeare texts: Macbeth. Although our production was sadly cut short, we're excited to be able to bring you a stream of the full show for you to share with your students and colleagues. 

This 90 minute version of the play is designed especially for young people (guidance 11+) and presented in Shakespeare's original language in the Globe Theatre. It will be accompanied by an introduction to the play from our Research team. 

Spotlight on Macbeth Resources.

[IMAGE] Macbeth holding out his hands covered in blood. Lady Macbeth looks on with a hand on her chest.

Have a listen to Cressida Brown (Director) discussing 'Tyranny and Power' and 'The Witches' in these videos.

[IMAGE] Macbeth gazing at his blood covered hands.

Our Staging It resource is an interactive way for students to learn about different interpretations by directing their own scene.

[IMAGE] A man covering most of his face with his hands and only his left eye shows. Another pair of hands cover his hands.

These key extracts with questions and comments help with learning more about Shakespeare's language. 

[IMAGE] A boy looks directly outwards and points up with the left hand's index finger.

Actors from Macbeth team up with students from the project to recreate Macbeth's 'Is this a dagger' and 'Out, out brief candle' soliloquies.  

[IMAGE] Image of Lady Macbeth with red ink behind her.

Explore the key themes in Macbeth with this range of discussion points reflecting on the impact of key ideas in the play.

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Visit our full Macbeth Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank website packed with teaching and learning resources for the play. 

Getting involved - active challenges for students.

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Self-isolation soliloquy challenge

These creative challenges are ideal for students to do as independent learning activities, or to get their families involved with if they choose: 

Choose one of Macbeth’s famous soliloquies. Perhaps try his 'If it were done' soliloquy, or his 'Is this a dagger' speech. 

Find a way to interpret and perform this in lock-down at home. Try and make use of being in your house to reimagine the soliloquy through creative use of props, costumes, rooms, other people or even your pets (get permission first!).

If you film this challenge, please share it with us. Get permission from your parents to post on social media. Tag us on Twitter and Instagram @The_Globe and use #Macbeth so we can see your entries.

For younger learners.

[IMAGE] An illustration of animals at a feast.

Watch the banquet scene brought to life by our cartoon Macbeth (Condell the Stag) and Lady Macbeth (Kit the Cat). 

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Looking for resources for younger children or for the whole family? Swing open the gates and explore our Playground

[IMAGE] A scene from a play in which a man is holding an axe and has two guards on either side.

Macbeth's final battle scenes are very exciting to watch on stage. Discover how real armour is made in one of our backstage videos. 

Stretch and challenge (or just enjoy).

[IMAGE] A man and woman holding and facing each other.

Michelle Terry and Paul Ready discuss playing the title roles in Macbeth in the first of our new Shakespeare Diaries series.

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You can watch Romeo and Juliet (2009) on YouTube until 3 May. There are plenty of useful resources available online too.

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In this Such Stuff podcast episode listen to Cressida Brown (Director) and the Company discuss Macbeth's resonance to today.

Michelle Terry's Thought of the Week.

[IMAGE] Photos of a woman looking upwards with her arms wide open and the text 'The lunatic the love and the power are of imagination all compact'

Our Artistic Director, Michelle Terry shares a thought every week and discusses the meaning it has for her. These weekly reflections offer informative escapism after a hard day's work for everyone. Last week it was Shakespeare's birthday and she chose a quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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