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hakespeare in Love will have its world premiere in London this summer. Adapted from the Oscar-winning film for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod of renowned company Cheek by Jowl, this new play will feature a company of 30 actors and musicians - and even a dog! Seen by Donnellan as the “imaginary earlier play that the movie was based on”, Shakespeare in Love is at the same time a panoramic fantasy and a witty comedy, which posits an answer to the tantalising question: how did Shakespeare become Shakespeare?


Audiences will follow the story of Will Shakespeare and his muse Viola de Lesseps, delving into the writing and theatre culture alive in Elizabethan England. The comic drama unfolds in a time where theatre was politicised and the theatres themselves frequently faced closure by parliament – a dangerous, edgy, popular and exciting world where all the classes could mingle. In turns funny and warm, sad and moving, exciting and witty, Shakespeare in Love will conjure the colour and scale of Elizabethan London, provide an insight into Shakespeare’s world, and explore the transfiguring power of theatre. Shakespeare in Love is produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions, and based on the Academy Award®- winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. The production will have its world premiere at the Noël Coward Theatre on Wednesday 23 July 2014, with previews from 2 July.


uTickets for Shakespeare in Love are now available online via www.shakespeareinlove.com or by calling the Delfont Mackintosh Groups Sales team on 0844 482 5165.


St Albans School teacher provides international lead in English


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ark Pedroz, the Head of English at St Albans School, is helping the next generation of English scholars around the world to study for their IGCSE, thanks to his new book published by Oxford University Press. The book – ‘English Literature for Cambridge IGCSE’ – is a comprehensive guide to drama, prose, poetry, essay writing and unseen reading for the Cambridge International IGCSE followed by students from Argentina to India. Under Mark’s lead, St Albans School was an early adopter of the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus, which is becoming increasingly popular within the top tier UK independent and state schools: “The idea for the book, which is a course companion with an accompanying CD of extension and support material, came together while I was on sabbatical for half a term in 2012,” he says. “I was visiting conferences to promote an earlier textbook, the ‘OUP Skills Builder’, which made clear the interest in a textbook to stretch high achievers. I am grateful to the Headmaster and Governors for the sabbatical which helped to start the process of writing, and to the students in the St Albans School English Department, with whom I’ve tried out much of the content!” A senior examiner for several years, Mark has been Head of English for 15 years and is now involved in developing new GCSEs alongside his classroom teaching, which he continues to enjoy at St Albans School: “My teaching experiences at St Albans School have shown me how to engage bright students in traditional literature texts; this is something the coalition government is also keen to promote,” he adds.


“Our students are certainly giving a lead to ways of enjoying the experience of reading literature, and I look forward to more training and writing work which will spread the word to other schools, both in the UK and internationally.”


38 www.education-today.co.uk May 2014


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