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Living Shakespeare

Why is Shakespeare so widely acclaimed across the globe? Our new series with the BBC takes us on a worldwide journey to discover people's personal experiences with the Bard's works. 

  • Updated Tuesday 8th August 2017
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under TV, Literature
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Hong Ying in China Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC The Open University and BBC World Service presents a new series of TV programmes taken from essays produced by the British Council. The programmes explore Shakespeare’s relevance today as cultural figures from around the globe take us on a journey through their personal experiences with the Bard's works. 

While transmission of this programme isn't available in the UK, full programmes are available right here on OpenLearn. As series co-producer, we've compiled a load of content to complement the series and take your learning further, you can:

'Living Shakespeare' airs on BBC World TV (only seen outside the UK) from 5th September 2016 at 05:55, 10:55, 12:55, 15:50, 18:55 (all times are in GMT). It's part of the season celebrating 400 years since Will's birth, across the BBC - find out more about Living Shakespeare.

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Episodes in this series

Episode Description
South Africa This episode focuses on Othello, specifically Dr John Kani's experiences of playing the lead at the height of South... Read more
China How do Shakespeare's sonnets link to love and sexuality in China? Author, Hong Ying explores their ban during the... Read more
United Kingdom Musician, Dame Evelyn Glennie tells us of her unique way of hearing The Tempest despite her being deaf. Read more
India Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin uncovers the parallels between Indian women's role in society and the character of... Read more
Lebanon A Midsummer Night’s Dream is reimagined in the mountains of Lebanon by choreographer Alissar Caracalla. Read more

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