Watch: Shakespeare has no place in the classroom, Sir Ian McKellen tells TES

All the world’s a stage…so why are we forcing pupils to read the Bard on the page, the renowned Shakespearean actor asks

Shakespeare does not belong in the classroom, and should be left off the English curriculum entirely, according to the actor Sir Ian McKellen.

Sir Ian, known for playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings films, is one of the country’s leading Shakespearean actors. But he insists that the Bard belongs in the theatre, rather than in school.

“Almost any story that people tell you about Shakespeare in the classroom is negative,” he tells TES, in an interview to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death today.

He also recites a few lines of Shakespeare to illustrate his point, exclusively for TES readers:

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