bottom dies - edWhy do Shakespeare’s tragedies have such dramatic power?


This workshop asks the question ‘What is a Shakespearean tragedy?’ Using a combination of serious performances of some famous scenes with fun interactive exercises we look at the main conventions of Shakespeare’s tragedies.

Highlights include:

  • An hilarious interactive presentation of the beginning of Macbeth
  • An analysis of soliloquies from Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet
  • A moving performance of the climax of Othello
  • A presentation by members of the audience of Shakespeare’s own parody of Tragedy, Pyramus and Thisbe

This is a workshop for students who are studying Shakespeare. It gives them a clear understanding of how relevant and universal Shakespeare’s themes are – even in the 21st century. Students are surprised and delighted at the way the Big Wheel presenters make the Shakespeare texts really accessible.

If you are studying a particular text, the presenters will refer the points they are making to that text throughout the workshop.

The details are:

  • Suitable for advanced language learners
  • Audience Maximum: 100 students COVID-19: 60 Students
  • Duration: 90 minutes

We also present specialised versions of this workshop for schools who want us to concentrate entirely on one play, such as Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet. Please enquire if you are interested (additional charges apply).


COVID 19 Adapted workshops – we have adjusted our prices to reflect the changes we have made to the shows and the fact that schools may need to have more and smaller groups.

  • Holland and Belgium: 1st show €595, 2nd show €495, additional shows on the same or consecutive days €395
  • Sweden/Switzerland – please contact us for prices

Below are our non-pandemic prices

  • Holland and Belgium: 1st show €695, any other shows €595  (other Eurozone countries please enquire about prices in your country)
  • Sweden: 1st show SEK 7950, any other shows SEK 6950
  • Switzerland: 1st show CHF 895, any other shows CHF 795

Schools in the Netherlands: you can pay using the ‘Cultuurkaart’ – please contact us for details.

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