Shaun the Sheep gets a Shakespearean uplift and takes up residence outside the iconic Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside

“He’s Shaun the Sheep, He’s Shaun the Sheep,
He even mucks about with those who cannot bleat…”

Shakespeare didn’t write these immortal lines, but we like to think the Bard would have approved of Shaun, the animated comedy superstar sheep brought to us by Aardman – makers of family faves Wallace and Gromit.

Indeed, if you saw the recent cinema blockbuster Shaun the Sheep: The Movie you may have even caught a fleeting, admirably cheeky Hamlet reference where Shaun’s owner, the lovably dim-witted Farmer, poses with a skull.
Well, the good news for fans of Shaun – and Shakespeare – is that Aardman’s highly excellent ‘Shaun in the City’ initiative has come to London’s South Bank.

UK2 Group, a leading web hoster for small businesses, has sponsored this Shakespearean Sheep, wittily titled ‘To Sheep Perchance to Dream’ that’s currently grazing outside Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

No less than 50 Shaun statues have popped up around London since 28 March. They’ll be here until 25 May, and will be auctioned off later in the year, with proceeds going to the Aardman-backed children’s charity Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

So if you’re heading along to the Globe, or taking a stroll through Shakespeare’s London, be sure to pay our woolly friend a visit. As you can see, he’s been beautifully painted with quotes and scenes from Shakespeare plays such as The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Incidentally, the cute youngsters pictured here with Shakespeare/Shaun are the children of food writer Mallika Basu: “Posing for charity and chocolate,” she says.

Go here to find out more about Shaun in the City.

Go here to find out more about Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal.