The Shakespeare Trilogy to launch in Salford this January

The Shakespeare Trilogy to launch in Salford this January

The Donmar Warehouse and NT Theatre Nation today announce the Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen Roadshow for January 2019, a workshop, screening and Q&A event for teachers and students, which will tour Salford, Wolverhampton, Wakefield and Plymouth, returning to London's Donmar Warehouse.


Launching at The Lowry, Salford on Monday 14th January, the roadshow celebrates the news that the screen versions of the Donmar Warehouse's trail-blazing all-female Shakespeare Trilogy is now available to watch for free in all schools across the UK via the National Theatre's on demand in schools service.


Described by Susannah Clapp (Observer) as 'one of the most important theatrical events of the past 20 years', the Trilogy cast is led byDame Harriet Walter, one of the greatest living Shakespearean actors, and directed by Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady, ROH: Macbeth).With a diverse, all-female cast and set in a women's prison, the productions ask: 'Who owns Shakespeare?'.


The films are accompanied by the Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen website which features over 200 resources, designed to engage and inspire, that have been developed in partnership with the Trilogy company, teachers and young people.


These resources have been designed to support the teaching of Drama, English and PSHE, drawing out the productions' contemporary relevance to young people and the world around them, and helping teachers find accessible ways to explore the films with their students.


At the launch in Salford, 50 students will undertake two hour-long workshops with the Trilogy's director Phyllida Lloyd, and cast members Jade Anouka (Trauma) and Jackie Clune (Borderline), before being joined by a further 70 students from schools across the North West for a special screening of Julius Caesar with an introduction and Q&A from Phyllida, Jade and Jackie.



Following the launch, over two weeks in January, the roadshow will travel to locations including the Theatre Royal Wakefield, Newhampton Arts Centre, the Theatre Royal, Plymouth as well as returning home to the Donmar Warehouse. Further venues to be announced.


Since being filmed at a specially created temporary theatre in King's Cross, Julius Caesar received it's World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 before being screened at cinemas across the UK. Earlier this year,Julius Caesar was broadcast as part of BBC Four's Hear Her season, which then saw the full Trilogy become available for free on the BBC iPlayer for six months.


Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse said: "I'm delighted that we can continue bringing the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy to new young audiences across the country, beginning with my home city of Salford. Together with schools, teachers and pupils across the country, we will explore how theatre can unlock themes in English, Drama and PSHE teaching."


As creative subjects in schools continue to be cut, the Donmar is sharing its Shakespeare Trilogy online as part of a continued commitment to make its work as accessible as possible to young people. The Donmar aims to inspire and empower young people across the country with the films, and an extensive set of accompanying learning resources that enable teaching and creative interventions in English, Drama and PSHE.


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