Helen Mirren - Dame Helen Mirren Against Reading Shakespeare At School

Dame Helen Mirren is convinced children shouldn't be introduced to Shakespeare's work in the classroom, insisting the classic plays need to be seen to be appreciated.
The actress has performed in several productions of the playwright's works and has even graced the stage with Britain's renowned Royal Shakespeare Company.
Mirren has gone back to the Bard once again with a starring role in Julie Taymor's new big screen adaptation of The Tempest, and the Oscar-winner is adamant she would prefer kids to see Shakespeare's plays performed by actors, instead of labouring over his texts.
She tells Britain's Daybreak TV show, "Honestly, I don't think kids should be made to read Shakespeare at all. I think children's very first experience of Shakespeare should be a performance in the theatre or on film. Mostly in the theatre but it should be performed because that makes it alive and real...
"The great thing about doing Shakespeare on film (is that) in 20 years' time when Avatar is - don't get me wrong, I think it was a groundbreaking, brilliant film - but it will be kind of old hat. The Tempest will be watched as fresh in 20 years' time as it is (for) anyone watching it tonight. I watched Shakespeare plays on film. They bring people to Shakespeare in a very exciting and real and much easier way than having to sit reading the play."


Tags: Helen Mirren


More Helen Mirren

The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just about rescued by a spiky script and the adept cast....

"Guardians" May Have Saved The Galaxy, But They Can't Hold On To The Box Office

So here’s some news: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just breezed past Guardians of the Galaxy to the top of the box office. Yes, you can...

Helen Mirren Looks Picture Perfect In Blue Lace At 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' NY Premiere - Part 3

Helen Mirren wore a gorgeous blue lace dress at the New York premiere for her new movie 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' held at the Ziegfeld Theater....

Helen Mirren Will Play The Queen on Broadway, Daldry Directing

Helen Mirren will reprise her critically-acclaimed role as Queen Elizabeth II on New York City's Broadway, it has been announced. Mirren won an Oscar for...


Helen Mirren Set For Broadway Return To Play Queen Elizabeth II Again

Dame Helen Mirren has had many memorable performances in her illustrious acting career, but the most important one could arguably be the portrayal of Queen...

Helen Mirren Starrer "The Hundred-Foot Journey" Features Spicy Food And Cheesy Romance

Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg joined forces on the foodie comedy The Hundred-Foot Journey and celebrated the fruits of their labour Tuesday night at the...

Blunt, Mirren or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?

The biggest night in the film award circuit is still seven months away. But everyone knows the Oscars never stay silent for long and the...

Katie Holmes, Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren Filming 'Woman In Gold' [Pictures]

Katie Holmes, Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren have been hard at work filming The Woman in Gold - an upcoming American-British drama film directed by...



Helen Mirren Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Helen Mirren

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All