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In Focus: Shakespeare


Introduce your pupils to the world’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare, with our special edition.

Shakespeare Week was a hit for UK primary schools from 16-22nd March 2015, as they marked almost 400 years since the death of England’s greatest ever playwright. Events, activities and festivities took place nationwide to inspire children and encourage them to explore the works of William Shakespeare.  

To celebrate, First News takes an in-depth look at the fascinating life and times of Shakespeare with a 32-page special edition.

“This year, in response to demand, we have extended Shakespeare Week to include all primary ages and families so we are particularly delighted to be working with First News, the weekly newspaper for young people.  Their ‘Shakespeare Week Special Edition’ will be a fantastic resource for teachers in the classroom and a catalyst for conversation and discovery in the classroom and beyond.”   Jacqueline Green, Head of Learning and Participation, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

In Focus: Shakespeare explores what we know about Shakespeare himself (his birth, death, marriage and creative writing) while putting his life into context by looking at Tudor society and big news stories that broke throughout his lifetime – from the plague to the Gunpowder Plot and everything in between.  

We compare an original performance of a Shakespeare play when it was first performed, to the big stage and screen versions today, to give pupils a taste of theatre in the 1500s.  

In Focus: Shakespeare is a fantastic educational resource that will introduce Shakespeare to your pupils in a fun and informative way.  

Copies are priced at:  

20-49 copies £3.50 per copy (Plus £5 P+P)

50-100 copies £3 per copy (free P+P)

100+ copies £2.50 per copy (free P+P)  

If you are a school who is not based in the UK please email [email protected] for a full quote including P&P

You can place your schools order by clicking here or by downloading our form and sending it the the address listed on the form. Copies will be delivered within 10 working days of you placing your orde

Please note that there is minimum order of 20 copies per school. Your schools will be invoiced for the copies by our finance department.