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Shakespeare’s Globe is streaming ‘Macbeth’ for schools for free on YouTube

The tragedy is the Globe’s annual Playing Shakespeare production aimed at GCSE and A-level students

Chris Waywell

Over the last 14 years, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre has created a special annual production, with sponsorship from Deutsche Bank, called Playing Shakespeare. Obviously things are a little different this year, but it’s still going ahead with a production of the Bard’s witches ’n’ warmongering tragedy ‘Macbeth’. 

Playing Shakespeare is aimed at schoolkids from GCSE up to A level. It points out that although studying our greatest playwright is compulsory on the National Curriculum, going to see live productions is not, with many kids never getting to experience the unique thrill of theatre in the flesh. ‘Macbeth’, with its themes of nation and betrayal, ambition and murder is one of Shakespeare’s most widely studied texts, and also one that lends itself to modern-dress productions and different political and ethnic contexts.

This production stars Ekow Quartey as Macbeth and Elly Condron as Lady Macbeth. It’s trimmed to a svelte 90 mins (which quite a lot of adult production could benefit from) and just in case you are thinking that it’s for kids so it won’t be scary, it looks like the Globe hasn’t stinted on the gore, and there are a couple of murderers in filthy clown outfits that coulrophobia sufferers should probably swerve.

Finally, in answer to the witch’s question ‘When shall we three meet again?’, under current advice: unclear. If you’re family members, could be months. If you’re just random drunk witches in the park, go for it. 

‘Macbeth’ screens from 7pm BST tonight (Mon May 11) on YouTube. It’s available until schools reopen. A collection of learning resources is available on the Globe’s site.

The Globe is streaming a Shakespeare production for free every fortnight. Check out the season here.

See the full list of free streaming plays from the National Theatre at Home. 

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