Macbeth 2020 Playing Shakespeare

Over the next six months, this online resource for Macbeth will provide a range of engaging classroom activities that reflect the National Curriculum for English and the Assessment Objectives for GCSE and A-Level English Literature. It will also give you a chance to glimpse behind the scenes and see how the director and the cast create the world of the play. Read on to discover what will be added as we prepare for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’s Macbeth 2020

Each character will have their own page with a profile, photographs and interviews with the actor playing them, and our character map visualises the relationships between these characters.

The Language page will provide articles written by our Research Department, a scene by scene synopsis and the ability to explore five key scenes.

Our Script Machines will provide definitions of the literary techniques Shakespeare uses, with highlighted examples, as well as edits the director has made to the script for this production.

The Week by Week pages take students through the whole process of building a production from designing the mood boards for the play, to designing a set, creating costumes and writing a review for the play.

The Backstage Blog will provide fascinating insights into how the cast, working with the director and other theatre professionals, add flesh and bones to the characters.

Interviews with the director and cast members will provide insights into their creative process, and how they approach Shakespeare’s language.

Lesson activities will be added to develop an understanding of the language, context, characters and themes of the play, and how to work with text in performance.


Staging It is a digital platform that allows anyone to ‘direct a scene’ at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Staging It is a highly innovative interactive film that fuses specially created footage, filmed on location at the world famous Globe stage, with ground breaking custom made software. It allows a user to compile a scene by choosing from a selection of clips provided.

How It Works

Two actors are filmed performing a duologue on the Globe stage or in Globe rehearsal spaces. Each section of their speech is shot numerous times, each time performed with a different emotional state e.g. happy, angry etc. The virtual ‘director’ then views a list of the ways the actor has performed the line, watching each of the variations to help them choose. They then add their choice to a dynamic storyboard, slowly building the scene with their personally selected clips.

At the end of directing a scene, the user is asked for their name, which is seamlessly added to the end credits. Now the scene is complete, the virtual director has three and/or options: watch it back, export and email it, upload it directly to their Facebook page or YouTube.

There is no limit on how many times one can direct the scene, email it or upload it to Facebook