• BBC Shakespeare Archive
  • BBC Shakespeare Archive
  • BBC Shakespeare Archive
  • BBC Shakespeare Archive
  • BBC Shakespeare Archive

BBC Shakespeare Archive

Photos, TV and radio programmes

Service Pack: Available with USO

Subject: Drama English

Online access to 50 years of BBC classics.

LGfL is delighted to announce that the BBC Shakespeare Archive is now available to all LGfL TRUSTnet schools.

The BBC has granted access to its collection of TV and radio programmes (over 500 from the past 50 years), as well as over 1,000 high-quality photographs of some of the world's leading Shakespearean actors and actresses in some of the most iconic performances.

Curriculum experts will be putting together a series of accompanying learning resources through the course of 2016 in order to further enhance the collection.

The curriculum relevance of Shakespeader needs little introduction for English and Drama across the Primary and Secondary phases, and teachers are encouraged to browse the collection to embed into existing schemes of work and medium-term plans.

LGfL is grateful to the BBC for approving all these resources for full educational use.

What is included in the archive?

The site contains hundreds of TV and radio programmes from the BBC’s Shakespeare collection, as well as more than a thousand photos from classic Shakespeare productions:

Summary of the archive content

  • Online access to the BBC’s Shakespeare collection of over 500 TV and radio programmes.
  • Includes performances, sonnets, documentaries, interviews and more, dating from the 1950s.
  • Over 1000 photographs of classic Shakespeare productions and performers.
  • All cleared for use in the classroom.
  • Suitable for teaching of English and Drama.
  • Includes all major texts across the English Literature curricula.

Highlights include

  • The earliest British televised production of Othello from 1955.
  • The first televised adaptation of Shakespeare's play Henry V.
  • The 37 classic productions in the BBC Television Shakespeare series.
  • An Age of Kings – the 15 part BBC series of Shakespeare’s history plays.
  • The original War of the Roses productions from the 1960s.
  • Productions in the Welsh language including the Animated Shakespeare series.
  • Classic interviews with key Shakespearean actors including John Gielgud, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney, Judi Dench and Laurence Olivier.
  • Several of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets in TV and radio broadcasts.
  • Richard II and Measure for Measure Live from the Globe, both starring Mark Rylance.
  • Shakespeare Retold - the updated versions of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies including James McAvoy in the 2005 production of Macbeth and Damian Lewis and Olivia Colman in the 2005 production of Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Rufus Sewell in the 1995 screen adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.
  • Adrian Lester in the 2002 production of Peter Brook’s Hamlet.
  • Ian Holm’s 1998 production of King Lear.
  • A performance of the Royal National Theatre's Olivier Award-winning adaption of Shakespeare's play, Merchant of Venice, starring Henry Goodman as Shylock.
  • The BBC Radio recording of the 1992 production of Hamlet, starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi and Richard Briers.
  • The BBC Radio recording of the 1992 production of Romeo and Juliet, starring Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm, Simon Callow, John Gielgud and Judi Dench.
  • A 1998 radio adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, starring Anne Marie Duff.
  • A 1999 radio adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet starring Michael Sheen, Juliet Stevenson and Timothy Spall.
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in a 2004 radio production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

The collection is only accessible in school due to licensing restrictions, but the full listings can be browsed from any location (videos and audio will not open outside school).

Licensed by the BBC for strict UK educational use only. All rights reserved.

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