Shakespeare Republic

Country: Australia
Category: TV-Series
Release date: 2015
Duration: 5 mins
Director: Sally McLean
Edition: March 2015-2016
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“… a sophisticated twenty-first century series with its own particularly Australian flavour.” – The Shakespeare Blog, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK


From Hamlet in a bathtub to Juliet as one half of a same sex couple, Shakespeare Republic is a collective of Australian-based actors who have come together to celebrate Shakespeare, his works and his enduring legacy, through sharing their interpretation of his words and thoughts, via settings and circumstances that are familiar to a 21st Century audience.

A web series with performances from Michala Banas (Always Greener), Alan Fletcher (Neighbours), Ben Steel (Home & Away), Sally McLean (Utopia), Rowena Hutson (Strong Female Character) and Billy Smedley (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) this is deliberately Shakespeare with a difference!

Using some of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues and sonnets, each episode is a stand-alone ‘snapshot’ of a piece of modern life – be it social, political, emotional or … otherwise. Each piece stands as an individual ‘moment in time’ that highlights how Shakespeare (and his fellow Elizabethan playwrights) were talking about issues and ideas that we are still debating and experiencing today.

The takeaway? Shakespeare speaks to us now just as strongly as he did 400 years ago when he first put quill to parchment.

Shakespeare Republic – all the world’s a stage …

See the full series of six films here:


“Shakespeare Things To Do This Week #7 Watch Neighbours actor Alan Fletcher as Macbeth in this Shakespeare Republic video.” – Shakespeare Magazine (UK)

“This should be in EVERY classroom!” – KIN Collective (Australia)

“This short, directed by Sally McLean, gives an old speech a thoroughly fresh and modern take.” – RJ Evans, (UK)

“Loved it! Dynamic performance and thank you Shakespeare Republic for revitalising Shakespeare into contemporary society!” – Maree Shefford (Australia)

“Brava, Sally McLean!!! Bravo, Shakespeare Republic!!! These pieces made me remember why I enjoyed studying the Bard!!! Well done!” – Jeanne (USA)

“Not only real, but current and alive. Old W.S. would appreciate the social media use. Gr8 way to experience W.S. More of this please.” – Kurt Ovard (USA)

“Its a shame this wasn’t around when I had to study Shakespeare in school.” – Dannie Plant (Australia)

“I have to say the complete team of Shakespeare Republic made a great job. I learned to have a different look on Shakespeare in the last weeks!” – Berit (Germany)

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