Shakespeare goes digital at the BBC

The BBC launches ShakeItUp, an online tool that challenges teenagers to get creative and re-mix Shakespeare’s most loved scenes

ShakeItUp can be found on the BBC’s Mixital website, where audiences can get creative with some of the BBC’s best-known brands like Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing. 

ShakeItUp enables users to create and publish their own versions of major scenes from Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. They can add new characters, iconic back-drops, objects and write their own dialogue to re-tell, re-invent or modernise the work of the Bard.

Aimed at teenagers, ShakeItUp builds on work done in the classroom and is simple-to-use, requires no technical knowledge and yet is capable of producing a wide range of story types from short to long form. It also helps build digital skills, confidence and creativity, helping young people move from today’s digital consumers to tomorrow’s creators. 

Users can compare their work with friends and other Shakespeare lovers online, and look out for the best and most interesting ShakeItUp creations at and on social media at and 

ShakeItUp is part of Shakespeare Lives, an international online Shakespeare festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of Britain’s most revered playwright. The festival is a unique partnership between the BBC and the British Council together with Shakespeare’s Globe, the British Film Institute, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hay Festivals and the Royal Opera House.


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