AS A FREE ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WORKING REMOTELY IN A TIME OF PLAGUE, HERE IS A SELECTION OF SHORT VIDEOS FROM MY UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK / SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST / FUTURELEARN ONLINE COURSE ON SHAKESPEARE AND HIS WORLD (which is now no longer available for enrolment).
Each film begins from a book, manuscript or object in the collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Shakespeare’s childhood home in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. Week 1 offers a general introduction to his life, work and world; week 2 looks at rural Warwickshire, life in Stratford-upon-Avon and The Merry Wives of Windsor, his comedy of small-town English society; week 3 turns to the theatre and the process of putting on plays, focused via A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and week 4 reminds us that throughout the 1590s Shakespeare lived in a world at war — the focal play here is Henry V.
WEEK 1 – AN INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE AND HIS WORLD
WEEK 2 -STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, WARWICKSHIRE, SMALL TOWN LIFE & THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
WEEK 3 – THE THEATRE, THE MAKING OF PLAYS & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
WEEK 4 – A WORLD AT WAR – HENRY V