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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
Romeo & Juliet Schools' Synopsis
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Romeo & Juliet Schools' Synopsis

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An engaging synopsis handout resource of Romeo and Juliet for students and teachers, created by writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Suitable across the Key Stages (may need some alteration for Key Stage 1). 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.
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.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Teacher Pack
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Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2012 production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Iqbal Khan as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright. 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 8 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: About our Education work; About ensemble; More resources; Introductory notes; Tradition versus modernity; Behind Hero’s public mask; The masquerade party; Hero’s nightmare & The shaming of Hero . 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
A Midsummer Night's Dream 2011 Teacher Pack (Shakespeare Unlocked)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream 2011 Teacher Pack (Shakespeare Unlocked)

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Shakespeare Unlocked brings Shakespeare’s most popular plays to life for young people by showing how actors and directors work to interpret and take ownership of Shakespeare’s text. The Teachers’ Pack is aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 English but it can also be used for Key Stage 5 and Theatre Studies. It includes: An introduction to each of the three scenes; Suggestions for ideas to consider with your students before and after watching each scene and workshop film and activities to further students’ understanding of the play.There are 12 short films for each play: 3 scenes filmed in colour, in the theatre and 8 workshops, filmed in black and white, with actors and directors exploring those scenes. There is also a short film about this theatre production. The pack follows the RSC's active approach to learning about Shakespeare and is driven and guided by our rehearsal room practice. The films can be found on the BBC site here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dtvpl Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
Henry IV Part I 2014 Teacher Pack
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Henry IV Part I 2014 Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2014 production of Henry IV Part I, directed by Greg Doran. 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 7 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: About this pack and the Broadcasts; The ‘Grey Period’; Exploring the Story; Character Connections; The World of Prince Hal; Hal and Hotspur and Resource Materials. 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. We also have extension boxes throughout the pack which can help to develop the activities for older students or to help you progress a theme in greater depth. 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
The Tempest: Magic Gallery
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The Tempest: Magic Gallery

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This bank of images from different RSC productions of The Tempest can be used to compare interpretations and spark discussion. Suitable for Key Stage 2 onwards. 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
Henry V Schools' Synopsis
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Henry V Schools' Synopsis

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This printable handout or worksheet contains an engaging synopsis of Henry the Fifth for use by students and teachers, created by writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Suitable for Key Stage 2 onwards. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
The Merchant of Venice: Shylock Gallery
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The Merchant of Venice: Shylock Gallery

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This bank of images from different RSC productions of The Merchant of Venice can be used to compare interpretations and spark discussion. Suitable for Key Stage 2 onwards. 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.
The Merchant of Venice RSC Themes Reference
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The Merchant of Venice 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 The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and provided examples of scenes where you can study them. Suitable for all Key Stages. Find more of our resources on our website: www.rsc.org.uk/education/teacher-resources
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
The Merchant of Venice 2015 Teacher Pack
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The Merchant of Venice 2015 Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2015 production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Polly Findlay, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. 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: About this Pack; Exploring the Story; The Republic of Venice; Status and Wealth; Hazarding and Justice and the Resolution . 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. We also have extension boxes throughout the pack which can help to develop the activities for older students or to help you progress a theme in greater depth. 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
Henry V RSC Themes Reference
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Henry V RSC Themes Reference

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This free, downloadable teaching resource is designed as a reference guide for teachers. We have listed the major themes and motifs within Henry V 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
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.
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.