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Stratford 1: Shakespeare, Glove Maker

How did the son of a small-town glove maker come to write the greatest plays in the world? Join actor and producer Ben Crystal as he explores Shakespeare's early years in Stratford-upon-Avon.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Chickenteriyaki,

Good to see you again! These pages are not exactly the same as the content of the FutureLearn course, though I believe some of the videos are shared. I haven't seen the course there, but I expect that it is much more detailed.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have never seen a Shakespeare play, but I've read and studied some plays at school. I would like to read Shakespeare in English.

Your 'listen and watch' Stratford 1 : Shakespeare, Glove maker doesn't seem to work !! I've been waiting for 'hours' to watch it, but nothing comes...

Hello camille roussel,

The video is working fine when I test it, so I can only guess that this is a compatibility issue. Perhaps try accessing the site via a different browser to see if this solves the problem - let us know the results if you do.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

That's OK! I've succeeded to watch the video. Thank you for your reply.

I have never seen a Shakespeare play, but I would like to go to one