Primary Shakespeare

Covid-19 - Primary Shakespeare Postponed

As you will now be aware, Orange Tree Theatre is closed indefinitely as we deal with the ramifications of COVID19. Along with the closure of schools mandated by the Government yesterday, this unfortunately means that we are cancelling our Primary Shakespeare production of Henry V, due to run through May and June.

We are truly heartbroken not to be able to run the project, as Primary Shakespeare is our longest ongoing activity and has run in one form or another for the past 30 years.

Our relationship with our schools and young people is so important to us, and this cancellation is not permanent but rather a postponement. As soon as we are back up and running, we have every intention of delivering our Primary Shakespeare project and welcoming your Young People back to Orange Tree to celebrate Shakespeare again!

If you have already booked for Primary Shakespeare this year we will be contacting everyone. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact Bec or Izzy at [email protected]. Thank you for your understanding and support during this time.

Henry V 

5 May - 26 June 2020

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”

A young king, with all to play for. Will it be game, set and match?

Prince Hal must take on new responsibilities. His country is deeply divided, and he must grow up and learn what it takes to be a good leader.

His enemies only want to play games and throw insults. Can he get everyone working together, and win through?

Shakespeare’s playful exploration of leadership and responsibility, imaginatively brought to life for a younger audience.

Primary Shakespeare has been an important part of the Orange Tree’s Education Programme for over 25 years, with around 4,000 children taking part each year.

The project is in two parts:
1. An actor from the company visits your school to work with a class-sized group. Pupils take part in a 2 hour long active storytelling workshop which reveals the story of the play by enabling pupils to step into the shoes of the characters, speak their words and take part in drama exercises to explore key themes.

NB. We find that pupils get the most from the workshop if they have no prior knowledge of the play, so we request that you do not introduce children to the story – let us do the work!

2. Pupils then come to the Orange Tree Theatre to see a 70-minute abridged production of the play which uses only Shakespeare’s language, and includes interactive elements to fully immerse children in the world of the play.

"Every year the children enjoy taking part so much!"
St Richard’s Primary School, Primary Shakespeare 2019

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