A co-educational private school for Preschool–Grade Eight

Shakespeare Festival

Reinterpreting Hamlet for 2021.



William Shakespeare in 2021

The Backstory 

Our Shakespeare Festival began to evolve several years ago when  student groups added short films to portray classic scenes with a modern twist. This is no small feat. Students must fully comprehend the extant text in order to retell it as digital storytellers. 

This additional element has become one of the greatest strengths of the project—students are able to add and change the performance to reflect their interests and strengths. It is this stamp of originality that makes this project a favorite among the students and their audience. This year, students used their tech-savvy and imaginations to create interpretations that include modern media, including reality TV shows and even ZOOM meetings.

Studying Shakespeare in the classic manner offers students an invaluable opportunity—through memorizing lines, exploring alternative versions of the play and acting out sword fights—to find his or her voice in the classroom.


Watch the Introduction to the 2021 Far Hills Shakespeare Festival