Primary Shakespeare

King Lear

27 April – 23 June 2017

“Tell me, my daughters – 
Which of you shall we say doth love us most?”

In a far off kingdom, three daughters are asked to prove how much they love their father. What would you say?

Two families caught in a storm of words, divided by misjudged loyalties and sibling rivalries.

Warring brothers, wicked sisters and powerless fathers discover too late that love can’t be measured.

Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy abridged for a younger audience.

Suitable for Years 3 – 6.

Primary Shakespeare has been an important part of the Orange Tree’s education programme for over 20 years, with around 3500 children taking part each year.

The project is in two parts:

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.

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!

Pupils then come to the Orange Tree to see a fully staged abridged performance of the play, which includes interactive elements and is around 1 hour long. 

A teacher’s pack filled with practical follow up tasks which help pupils to engage with Shakespeare’s language, the world of the play and the characters in even greater depth, is included free of charge. 


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