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Last Updated: Monday November 14 2005 12:34 GMT

Kids to act out more Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
A new drive to teach kids about William Shakespeare is trying to encourage you to get up and perform his plays, rather than just read them in class.

The Royal Shakespeare Company wants teachers to do more to promote Britain's most famous playwright.

"Shakespeare should be taught standing up and saying, and with children moving around rather than sitting down," a spokeswoman said.

It's part of a year-long festival where all his works will be performed.

Actors like Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellen are taking part in the festival, called The Complete Works.

Five of the UK's top drama schools will also put on shortened versions of the plays, which will be toured around schools in the UK.



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