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The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford upon Avon and shared around the world. We place a special emphasis on sharing Shakespeare’s work with children and young people. We believe that young people get the most out of Shakespeare’s plays when they see them performed live and actively explore the text ‘on their feet’. This means speaking the words out-loud and bringing tried and tested RSC rehearsal room approaches into the classroom through our resources.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford upon Avon and shared around the world. We place a special emphasis on sharing Shakespeare’s work with children and young people. We believe that young people get the most out of Shakespeare’s plays when they see them performed live and actively explore the text ‘on their feet’. This means speaking the words out-loud and bringing tried and tested RSC rehearsal room approaches into the classroom through our resources.
The Tempest 2010 Teacher Pack
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The Tempest 2010 Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC and Little Angel Theatre 2010 production of The Tempest, directed by Peter Glanville. The activities provided are specifically designed to support Key Stage Two and Lower Key Stage Three but can be adapted for older or younger pupils studying or seeing the play. The pack is divided up into 5 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Background and the story; Back-story; The island; Caliban and Ariel. There are activities within each section which follow the RSC's active approach to learning about Shakespeare and are driven and guided by our rehearsal room practice. The production used puppetry and there are activities based around making your own puppets. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
Matilda (the musical) Teacher Pack
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Matilda (the musical) Teacher Pack

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In this pack, we’ll be using a variety of different sources to bring the creative process to life for you and your students: Roald Dahl’s novel of Matilda; the script and songs from the RSC’s latest production Matilda, A Musical written by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin respectively; notes taken in Director Matthew Warchus’ rehearsal room as the production was brought to life onstage; insights and exercises from our Literary department plus our general practice with Shakespeare.
Macbeth (2011) Teacher Pack
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Macbeth (2011) Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2011 production of Macbeth, directed by Michael Boyd. The activities provided are specifically designed to support KS3-4 students (but can be adapted for younger students) studying or seeing the play, offering a deeper insight into the choices that can be explored through staging. The pack explores a variety of activities based around themes and these are designed to help you to plan your lessons: Activities explore: Macbeth's ambition; Malcolm, Banquo and Fleance; Macduff and his family; Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and What is it to be a man? Activities follow the RSC's active approach to learning about Shakespeare and are driven and guided by our rehearsal room practice. The pack also contains text based resources and key speeches from the play.
Hamlet 2009 Teacher Pack (2)
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Hamlet 2009 Teacher Pack (2)

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These free, downloadable teaching notes are created for teachers and leaders wishing to introduce their group to Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The activities were created directly from experience in Gregory Doran's rehearsal room. They have been designed for KS3 to KS5 students, but can be adapted for other ages. Activities explore: - The opening - Polonius' family - Rosencratz and Guildenstern - The Players - The graveyard - Osric - Should Hamlet fight?
Macbeth RSC Themes Reference
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Macbeth RSC Themes Reference

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This printable Shakespeare resource is designed as a reference guide for teachers. We have listed the major themes and motifs within Macbeth and provided examples of scenes where you can study them. This resource can be used across the Key Stages. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
Henry IV Part I 2014 Primary Teacher Pack
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Henry IV Part I 2014 Primary Teacher Pack

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This printable teaching resource has been inspired by the rehearsal process of Gregory Doran in preparing for the 2014 production of this play. The activities are designed to support primary pupils in exploring the play and its characters for the first time.
The Merchant of Venice 2011 Teacher Pack
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The Merchant of Venice 2011 Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2011 production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Rupert Goold. The activities provided are specifically designed to support KS3-5 students studying or seeing the play (but can be adapted for other ages), offering a deeper insight into the choices that can be explored through staging. The pack is divided up into 7 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Making a start; Introducing Bassanio and Antonio; Exploring Belmont; Shylock and public bullying; Exchanging the rings; A wider context and Interview with Tom Scutt. There are activities within each section which follow the RSC's active approach to learning about Shakespeare and are driven and guided by our rehearsal room practice. The pack also contains text based resources and key speeches from the play. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
Romeo & Juliet 2008 Teacher Pack (The Balcony Scene)
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Romeo & Juliet 2008 Teacher Pack (The Balcony Scene)

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2008 production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Neil Bartlett. The practical exercises included are designed to accompany video extracts of Act 2 Scene 2, the 'Balcony Scene' in rehearsal. The video of this can be found on this site. The activities provided are specifically designed to support KS3-5 students. The activities in this teachers' pack include: Exploring Romeo's soliloquy; Playing As Ifs; Exploring differences in language; Repetition and Character choices. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
Macbeth Schools' Synopsis
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Macbeth Schools' Synopsis

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This printable synopsis of Macbeth is an engaging teaching resource for students and teachers, created by writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz and suitable (with some adaptation for very young children) across the Key Stages. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
King Lear RSC Themes Reference
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King Lear RSC Themes Reference

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This printable Shakespeare teaching resource is designed as a reference guide for teachers. We have listed the major themes and motifs within King Lear by William Shakespeare and provided examples of scenes where you can study them.
Romeo & Juliet RSC Themes Reference
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Romeo & Juliet RSC Themes Reference

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This printable resource is designed as a reference guide for teachers. We have listed the major themes and motifs within Romeo and Juliet and provided examples of scenes where you can study them. Suitable across the Key Stages. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
Shakespeare and Context RSC Reference
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Shakespeare and Context RSC Reference

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Printable worksheet handouts with a brief story of Shakespeare's life, combining fact with theory. Follow him from his birth through his school years, early marriage, the theatre years in London to his return home to Stratford. This document is designed as a resource for teachers which can be adapted to use with your students.
A Midsummer Night's Dream 2011 Teacher Pack
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A Midsummer Night's Dream 2011 Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2011 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Nancy Meckler. The activities provided are specifically designed to support KS3 students (but can be adapted for other ages) studying or seeing the play, offering a deeper insight into the choices that can be explored through staging. The pack is divided up into 5 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Exploring Power Games; Investigating the characters; Exploring theatre choices; Understanding the play’s structure; Interview with Nancy Meckler (Director) and a Pippa Nixon Interview Transcript (Hippolyta/Titania). Activities follow the RSC's active approach to learning about Shakespeare and are driven and guided by our rehearsal room practice. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
A Midsummer Night's Dream Schools' Synopsis
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Schools' Synopsis

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This printable Shakespeare teaching resource allows teachers and students to read the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare in plain English. Suitable for Key Stage 2 onwards. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
Richard III 2012 Teacher Pack
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Richard III 2012 Teacher Pack

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This printable worksheet & information pack responds to ideas directly from the RSC rehearsal room and suggests activities that you might use with your students in the classroom when studying Richard III by William Shakespeare. Richard III, directed for the RSC by Roxana Silbert, is part of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival. Roxana é Ti Green, the production designer, were keen to explore the dynamic of private conversations taking place in public on the streets of London.
Hamlet (2008) Teacher's Notes
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Hamlet (2008) Teacher's Notes

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These notes are created for teachers and leaders wishing to introduce their group to Hamlet and in particular the RSC's 2008 production directed by Gregory Doran. The activities provided are specifically designed to support Key Stage 3-5 students, irrespective of whether they are attending a performance, watching it on video or studying the play in school. The pack is divided up into 11 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Creating Hamlet's friends; Adding detail to Hamlet's friends; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; Edited scene (Act 2 Scene 2) Edited scene (Act 3 Scene 2); Creating a contemporary Hamlet; Exploring To be or not to be; Edited scene (Act 2 Scene 2) ; Creating Osric; Should Hamlet fight? and Edited scene (Act 5 Scene 2). The activities created in this pack follow directly from RSC rehearsal room practice. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
The Comedy of Errors (2009) Teacher Pack
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The Comedy of Errors (2009) Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2009 production of The Comedy of Errors directed by Paul Hunter. The activities provided are specifically designed to support KS3-4 students studying or seeing the play, offering a deeper insight into the choices that can be explored through staging. The pack is divided up into 6 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Performing a back-story; Confusion; Creating the twins; Using music to set a scene; Script-writing and Cross-curricula activities. There are activities within each section which follow the RSC's active approach to learning about Shakespeare and are driven and guided by our rehearsal room practice. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
The Tempest RSC Themes Reference
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The Tempest RSC Themes Reference

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This teaching resource is designed as a reference guide for teachers. We have listed the major themes and motifs within The Tempest and provided examples of scenes where you can study them. Suitable for Key Stage 2 onwards. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
The Taming of the Shrew 2012 Teacher Pack
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The Taming of the Shrew 2012 Teacher Pack

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The activities in this pack are inspired by The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. They can be used either as stand-alone practical approaches to this play or as supporting activities for students seeing the production. They have been designed with KS3 to KS5 students in mind, but can be adapted for other age groups. Some are best suited to an open space such as a hall, but many can be used in a classroom.