Alas, poor Yorick. Photo by Zoya Ignatova
Thursday 03 March 2016 to Monday 23 May 2016

British Council and International House Voronezh-Linguist challenged Shakespeare’s fans to re-write one of the Bard’s famous scenes or monologues in a new style and format while preserving the essence of the original.

We also provided a few examples of scenes that might be suitable for re-interpretation:

  • the eponymous hero’s celebrated monologue from Hamlet (3.3) 
  • the lovers’ balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet (2.2)
  • a tragic episode from Othello and Desdemona’s family life from Othello (5.2)
  • Lady Macbeth’s nefarious plotting from Macbeth (1.5)
  • the end of the emperor’s political career in Julius Caesar (3.1) 
  • the hilarious “yellow stockings” scene from Twelfth Night (2.5)

And again, the participants were encouraged to explore Shakespeare’s lesser known works and scenes!

Competition Results

Works submitted to the contest were evaluated by the expert jury consisting of employees of the British Council and IH Voronezh-Linguist.

The winner of the contest is Ekaterina SMYTSKAYA, Rostov-on-Don. Her work was based on Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Hamlet, as well as Google search results.

The finalists of the competition will receive Cambridge University Press books:


The competition prize is a 2-week English course in Summer 2016 provided by International House London (UK).

The prize includes

  • pre-paid accommodation fees and meals
  • return air tickets to London, 
  • transfer from the UK airport to the school and back 
  • a ticket to a Shakespeare play at London’s Globe Theatre 

International House London is the world famous centre with over 60 years of experience in teaching English and training tutor.  IHL courses attract approximately 8 000 students from more than 150 states annually.  Textbooks (such as Cutting Edge, Headway, English Unlimited) which are written by the IH teachers are now used worldwide, which shows the success of the method used in the education process. IHL is accredited by British Council, EAQUALS, it is a member of a professional association of language schools English UK and an official IELTS and Cambridge exams examination centre. 

The school is situated in the centre of the British capital, in the lively Covent Garden district, surrounded by numerous theatres, cafes, museums, bars, and stores. The education process is held in a spacious building with various facilities – café, lounge, and a library with 10 000 books, and contemporary equipment: smart boards, digital language lab, and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire school.