Mirren against Shakespeare

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has attacked the teaching of Shakespeare in schools, saying she doesn’t support the teaching of his works in the way they are currently.

Speaking to ITVs Daybreak, Mirren added that she would like to see his work taught more through film and theatre.

“Honestly, I don’t think kids should be made to read Shakespeare at all,” she said.

“I think children’s very first experience of Shakespeare should always be in performance, in the theatre, or on film. Mostly in theatre, but it should be a performance because that makes it alive and real.”

Mirren also praised the longetivity of Shakespeare’s work.

“The great thing about doing Shakespeare is that on film, you know that in 20 years’ time when Avatar – which incidentally, don’t get me wrong, I think was a groundbreaking brilliant film – but it will be kind of old hat,” she explained.

The Tempest will be watched as fresh in 20 years’ time as it is for anyone watching it today.”

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