Shakespeare wrote words to be spoken aloud and plays to be performed, which is why a practical approach to Shakespeare in the classroom should be an essential component of study.
Freeing students from desk-bound activity and getting them to explore Shakespeare on their feet allows both the teacher and student to experience the stories as works of literature to be read but also as examples of living theatre.
The simple classroom transition from page to stage, the clearing away the tables and chairs and speaking the text aloud yields an abundance detail about the characters, their relationships, the dramatic conflict between them etc. that reading alone fails to accomplish.
The U.K government recently announced a new teaching initiative that with the help of the RSC and The Globe Theatre aims to breath new life into Shakespeare learning for thousands of British schoolchildren.
Read the Guardian article here.