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Shakespeare’s Language | Great Performances: Julius Caesar

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Reading Shakespeare can be challenging and may seem daunting for many students. Use these videos from Great Performances: Julius Caesar to see how professional actors approach Shakespeare’s language and gain confidence performing his works. Discussion questions, teaching tips, and activities allow students to practice different strategies for better understanding Shakespeare’s plays. 

Check out additional resources by visiting the Great Performances: Julius Caesar collection page and the Great Performances and Donmar Warehouse websites.

London Town | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd sings about the horrors of London to young sailor Anthony Hope in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd tells his story of a barber and his wife and the corrupt judge who sentenced him to prison. Todd vows to seek his revenge.

History of the World | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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The Demon Butcher of Fleet Street and his landlady Mrs. Lovett sing a duet about turning his victims into tasty pies in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. As the last song in Act 1 of the musical, this dark comical song introduces the macabre plan to make pies out of Todd's enemies and then sell them to the unsuspecting public.

The Contest | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Two London barbers compete in a shaving contest in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Watch as the Italian barber Signor Pirrelli and Sweeney Todd battle to give a man the fastest shave.

Worst Pies in London | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd encounters Mrs. Lovett and her Pie Shop in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett, Todd's former landlady, sings to him of her terrible tasting pies in this humorous number.

A Lesson in Wig Making | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Butcher of Fleet Street, hatches a plan to rescue his daughter Johanna from Mr. Fogg's Asylum in this exerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Todd convinces young Anthony to disguise himself as a wig maker in search of hair the exact color of Johanna's. See how the use of a chorus in the background serves the narrative and reflects Todd's actions in this scene.

Overview of Julius Caesar | Great Performances: Julius Caesar

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Help students navigate the plot of Julius Caesar with this video from Great Performances: Julius Caesar. Support materials prepare students to engage with the play through discussion questions, teaching tips, and an exploration of the characters.

Check out additional resources by visiting the Great Performances: Julius Caesar collection page and the Great Performances and Donmar Warehouse websites.

Staging and Design | Great Performances: Julius Caesar

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Explore the importance of stage design in in this video from Donmar Warehouse to support the study of Great Performances: Julius Caesar. Costumes, props, lighting — every element contributes to the overall message and impact of the play. Support materials ask students to think critically about the staging of the production through discussion questions, teaching tips, and a classroom activity.

Check out additional classroom resources by visiting the Great Performances: Julius Caesar collection page and the Great Performances and Donmar Warehouse websites.

Politics and Power | Great Performances: Julius Caesar

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Engage students with a deep analysis of politics and power using two videos from Great Performances: Julius Caesar. Even though the play was written hundreds of years ago about ancient Rome, why do the themes of the play continue to resonate? Support materials provide students with opportunities to think critically about the depiction of Caesar in the Donmar production and to explore contemporary connections through discussion questions, teaching tips, and classroom activities.

Check out additional classroom resources by visiting the Great Performances: Julius Caesar collection page and the Great Performances and Donmar Warehouse websites.

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