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The Lion King(1994)
Song-filled Disney classic about a lion cub who runs away from the pride allowing his evil uncle to become king.
Many people don’t know that Disney’s iconic animated epic is actually modelled on Hamlet. While the dialogue is of course different, the film is nevertheless ideal for introducing young audiences to the themes of Shakespeare and demonstrating his impact across all storytelling.Read more
Shakespeare - The Animated Tales - Disc 1(1992)
Wonderful animated versions of Shakespeare's plays - the perfect way to get to know the work of Britain's greatest writers.
This collection of short films uses a variety of beautiful and innovative animated techniques to ingeniously bring Shakespeare’s stories to young people. Condensing each story down to half an hour, the films pack in all the drama of the plays but in extremely accessible fashion, taking in the whole spectrum of his work – comedy, history and tragedy.Read more
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Gnomeo and Juliet(2011)
William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet gets a truly bonkers reworking in this inventive and hugely entertaining CGI comedy.
Proving that even the youngest audiences can be introduced to Shakespeare, this colourful British animation is entirely populated by garden gnomes. While elements of the story are understandably diluted, this is a fun, musical treat, full of cheeky references for older audiences and remains the only film to feature lawnmower chases as well as a talking Shakespeare statue!Read more
Bill Shakespeare’s had a go at everything, but to the frustration of his wife Anne he hasn’t found a real job. Will he make his name in London?
This hilariously inventive comedy tells the story of the young Bill Shakespeare’s attempts to make a name for himself as a playwright in London, due to his chronic ability to find a “real job”. A rip-roaring, Python-esque adventure that takes in spies, lost loves and an attempt to blow up Queen Elizabeth I, while throwing in some real historical insight along the way.Read more
West Side Story(1961)
The classic love story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York in this Hollywood musical.
The story of Romeo and Juliet was memorably relocated to street gangs in 1950s New York in this lavish musical classic. As well as a series of barnstorming set-pieces and dazzling choreography, the film taps into themes around immigration and violence that remain relevant today, powerfully illustrating how the play is about much more than a pair of star-crossed lovers.Read more
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