Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. Find out more.
Join us for events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work. In 2016 we're marking the 400th anniversary of his death.
#ShakespeareNoFilter is the retelling of Shakespeare’s plays on Instagram by the British Council. Follow us to watch the story unfold.
Watch the sixth film in our series celebrating Shakespeare in 2016. Come To Me is modern blues song inspired by As You Like It
We invite you to create a scene from one of Shakespeare's most loved plays in under two minutes. Find out how:
The fifth film in our Shakespeare Lives series, Miranda’s Letter, is a tale about mother-daughter relationships, or more often the lack thereof in Shakespeare's work. Inspired by 'The Tempest' and filmed on the beautiful South Devon coast, the film stars Raffey Cassidy as Miranda, and Anne-Marie Duff as the mother. Director Theresa Griffiths shared the following about what inspire her to make 'Miranda's Letter';
Our free, six-week online course will look at the life, works and legacy of William Shakespeare, while giving participants the chance to practise their English language skills.
Watch our contemporary adaptation of Macbeth (duration 2:03), with Vicky McClure starring as the plotting Lady Macbeth.
A retrospective of films - from 1899 to the present - adapted from and inspired by Shakespeare's work launching in January 2016. Watch the trailer.
Watch our contemporary adaptation of Julius Caesar (Duration 03:17), with Mark Stanley starring as the conspiring Brutus.
Are you learning or teaching English? Take a look at our learning materials: from free online courses to videos and quizzes.
Say I love you with Shakespeare and give modern-day Juliets a brighter future.
Watch 'Star Cross’d' (Duration 04:34). Poet, writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill’s contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet.
Poisons, potions and drugs: do Shakespearean concoctions really work?
Watch a modern re-imagination of Twelfth Night by SBTV (Duration: 07:38), featuring artists: Eyez, Mic Righteous, Maverick Sabre, Nolay, Nego True and Harry Love.
Arzamas Academy, the Moscow-based educational website, with the support of the British Council Russia, has launched a free Emoji Shakespeare game app for smartphones. Download it here.
Just as the plays incorporate many songs from his own era, so Shakespeare is integral to popular music of many different periods and genres, as an inspiration to echo – or to outdo
Find out about upcoming Shakespeare related events in your city or online everywhere.