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Shakespeare in Welsh

Screenshot from welshe animated romeo and juliet. Romeo leans over dead juliet in the cavern.

S4C has recently announced that a collection of animated Shakespeare films in Welsh has been made available on S4C Education.

The short animated films were first produced in 1992 and were originally made as part of an international co-production.   The six plays (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will be really useful to students studying Shakespeare’s work at schools and Colleges in Wales.

In the S4C press release, Sioned Wyn Roberts, S4C Commissioner, Children’s and Young People’s Content said:

“Shakespeare’s work is an integral part of the English Literature curriculum in schools across Wales and this year there is particular emphasis on his influence, with the 400th anniversary of his death. These short, colourful animated films in the Welsh language will help to introduce Shakespeare’s classic plays to pupils in a highly engaging way.

Providing and supporting educational content is one of the channel’s long-term objectives. These animation films are classics and among the treasures of the S4C archive. So, during this special anniversary year to celebrate Shakespeare, we have brought them out of the archive to share with everyone on our website.”