Shakespeare on screen: an English event for KS2

An ideal introduction to Shakespeare for KS2 through various film and TV adaptations of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016)

10:30am to 12:30pm, 27 February 2024, BFI Southbank

This event is an ideal way to introduce Year 5 & Year 6 pupils to the world of Shakespeare, his plays and how they have been adapted for the screen. We will explore Shakespeare’s life, and the role of the Globe Theatre, and we will analyse extracts from some of the plays, from Macbeth to Romeo and Juliet and with a sprinkling of magic and chaos from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The day will include drama activities around soliloquies and famous scenes, some character analysis, and we will compare different traditional and modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s work, including animations, silent film and musicals.

The event concludes at 12:30pm. This is a great time to have lunch at the BFI or next door in the National Theatre’s large foyer space. Following lunch, you may even want to take your students for the short walk down the Southbank of the river to see the Globe Theatre in person!

Booking information

  • £6 per student. Accompanying teachers / adults are charged £1 per 5 students – otherwise student rate applies.
  • £40 for teachers attending without students.
  • To book call 020 7815 1329 and pay using a credit/debit card or download, print and return the booking form with cheque or card details.
  • Schools which have over 20% of students receiving free school meals should ask about a discount when booking.
  • Please book by 12pm the day before the event.
  • We cannot reserve seats, send invoices or accept BACS payments.
  • For any queries, please email