'Your class is a stage – but don’t forget the source text'

Just as actors interpret a script, teachers are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own syllabus, writes Sarah Simons

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As regular readers of this column might recall, at school I hated Shakespeare. I thought it was “a load of old shit” – an interpretation of his work that was concise, if a little reductive. So after recently performing a one-eighty on my Shakespeare stance, imagine my delight when two Macbeths came along at once, like well-subsidised buses.

At the National Theatre, Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff are having a crack at Mr and Mrs M, while in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack doing their best to portray literature’s least-relaxed ...

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