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One Night of Shakespeare - Introduction


"One Night of Shakespeare is an exciting initiative and I'm sure it will be a hugely valuable experience for all those lucky enough to take part." "I'm currently working with Trevor Nunn to present Richard II this autumn at the Old Vic and I know what a terrific and inspiring challenge Shakespeare is for any actor. I wish everyone involved all the very best of luck for the night." Kevin Spacey, actor and director. Ten years ago, 12 of Shakespeare's most popular plays were abridged and animated for the BBC/S4C series: Shakespeare, The Animated Tales. The success of these adaptations led to the birth of a UK-wide Festival where teachers and pupils have the opportunity to produce and direct their own interpretations of one of these Shakespeare plays. Be part of One Night Of Shakespeare Now fully established, The Shakespeare Schools Festival* puts some 10,000 young actors onto professional stages each year, covering the UK on a triennial cycle. This year, as part of the year long celebration of the life and work of William Shakespeare across the BBC during 2005, BBC Drama and the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) are worked together to create One Night of Shakespeare. Each selected school received workshop training for both its young actors and its directors. Run by the four National Youth Theatres of Great Britain, the actors' workshops covered all aspects of performing on a professional stage. For directors, workshops covered all elements of professional and technical directing. The experience culminated in the Night itself: thousands of young students from 400 schools performed their interpretations of Shakespeare in theatres across the UK on the evening of July 3.
  • Find out more about ONE NIGHT OF SHAKESPEARE - THE WORKSHOPS and what happened in them »
  • Find out about ONE NIGHT OF SHAKESPEARE - THE PLAYS that were performed »
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    Shakespeare Schools Festival - A unique arts-education initiative, enabling teachers and pupils to perform a half-hour play at their local professional theatre.

    National Youth Theatre - One of the UK's premiere youth arts assocations.

    Scottish Youth Theatre - Scotland's national theatre 'for and by' young people.

    National Youth Theatre Wales - Promotes national performing arts with and by young people.

    Ulster Association of Youth Drama - Supporting and developing the youth drama sector in Northern Ireland.

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    Video Nation
    Short films from schools involved in One Night of Shakespeare.
  • Birmingham
  • Newcastle
  • Gloucester

    Cast Workshops

    Young actors interviewed.

    Teacher/Director Workshops

    Teachers talk about the workshops.

    Why Shakespeare?Workshop leaders and teachers discuss their experiences.

    Star interviews - top actors on Shakespeare, stagecraft and more.
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