As part of the education programme at the Royal Lyceum, the theatre is offering a series of new in-school workshops to complement the teach-ins regularly held in the theatre.
The new workshops, led by Gerry Ramage (director of Stirling Youth Theatre), begin this month with the present production of The Merchant of Venice.
With more than 60 schools from as far apart as Stornoway and Berwick already booked to see the play, and with the regular teach-ins already sold out, the in-school workshops are likely to prove extremely popular.
Each session will consist of a two-hour in-depth look at Shakespeare's play for up to 30 fourth to sixth-year pupils.
"These are practical workshops in which the pupils take part," says Steven Small, the Lyceum's education development officer. "The aim is to explore the themes of the play and how the characters develop. There will be an emphasis on breaking down the barriers that Shakespeare's language might pose to pupils, in order to make the play more immediate and accessible - as well as being great fun."
The workshops cost Pounds 40 for schools in Edinburgh and Pounds 50 for others, and can be booked by any school within practical travelling distance subject to availability.
Tickets for schoolchildren to see the Lyceum production of The Merchant of Venice are Pounds 3.50-Pounds 4.50, with one teacher free with every 11 seats. Group travel subsidies are also available.
* For further information on in-school workshops, contact Steven Small, tel: 0131 229 7404; Lyceum box office, tel: 0131 229 9697.