The play’s the thing! Since this online acting class at Schott Acting Studio (Berlin) starts TOMORROW (!) here are some resources to discover Shakespeare with your kids big and small:
Schott Acting Studio
Online: Shakespeare for Young Adults with Charlie Dupré (London/Berlin)
Recommended to take part minimum of 3 session in succession. Booking: 3 – Session Ticket or FREE for young people from families whose financial resources are currently limited.
(Thanks to donations the courses will be offered to these young people completely free of charge. If you like to support more free courses for young people, you can make a donation on their website.)
Fridays and Mondays starting May 29, through June 29th: 5-7pm. https://www.schott-acting-studio.de/en/acting-online-classroom/
National Geographic Kids
Top 10 Facts about Shakespeare: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/shakespeare-facts/
An engaging animated video for kids about Shakespeare’s life: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories/william-shakespeare
The Globe Theater
The Globe Playground: Here the Globe offers terrific kid friendly summaries and short teaser animations of Shakespeare’s plays as well as backstage videos on how the costumes and props are produced, a facts and games page, and even a craft and recipe page: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/learn/playground/
There are tons of resources for teaching Shakespeare on the Globe Theater website: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/learn/secondary-schools/playing-shakespeare-with-deutsche-bank/#resources-websites.
You can also currently watch their entire 2020 production of Macbeth free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFwHmgA9nno
EdX: For older kids
Free online self-paced course on the Moor figure in Shakespeare’s Othello at edX:
3 weeks long, 3-5 hours per week.
Or Hamlet: Exploration of the Ghost:
or The Shylock in Merchant of Venice: https://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/shakespeare’s-merchant-venice-shylock?delta=1
Shakespeare’s Life and Work, 4 weeks long 5-7 hours per week: https://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/shakespeares-life-and-work?delta=0
The School Run
Here is a list of the Best Shakespeare Stories for Children (books): https://www.theschoolrun.com/best-shakespeare-books-for-children
They also have a fun facts and activities page about Shakespeare here: https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/william-shakespeare
Please let us know if you take part in any of these, if you know of any other resources, or if you happen to be an actor willing to teach kids Shakespeare (with distancing) in a Berlin park.