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Royal Shakespeare Company

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.
What is the Role of the Director?

What is the Role of the Director?

This pack forms part of the resources created for RSC Education's Dream Team 2016. You can register for Dream team here http://www.dream2016.org.uk/education/ download further resources and participate in the activities taking place across the UK in 2016. This pack has been written by the Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC Erica Whyman and focuses on the role of the director generally and specifically in directing A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is a resource that can be used by both primary and secondary school teachers.
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Henry V 2015 Teacher Pack

Henry V 2015 Teacher Pack

This pack supports the RSC’s 2015 production of Henry V, directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, which opened on 12 September at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The activities provided are specifically designed to support Key Stage 3-4 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 6 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Imagining the Story; Two Kingdoms; Leadership in War; Band of Brothers; A Royal Meeting and Resources. 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.
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Macbeth (2011) Teacher Pack

Macbeth (2011) Teacher Pack

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.
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Macbeth RSC Themes Reference

Macbeth RSC Themes Reference

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
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Hamlet 2009 Teacher Pack (1)

Hamlet 2009 Teacher Pack (1)

The activities in this free Shakespeare teachers' pack are inspired by the rehearsal room process for a production of Hamlet. They have been designed with KS2 and KS3 students in mind, but can be adapted for other ages. Activities include: - Creating a musical character - Exploring the ghost story - Using everyday objects as props - Hamlet's relationship with Horatio Based on the Young People&'s Shakespeare Hamlet directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
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The Tempest 2010 Teacher Pack

The Tempest 2010 Teacher Pack

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
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A Midsummer Night's Dream 2011 Teacher Pack

A Midsummer Night's Dream 2011 Teacher Pack

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
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Schools' Synopsis

A Midsummer Night's Dream Schools' Synopsis

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
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Romeo & Juliet RSC Themes Reference

Romeo & Juliet RSC Themes Reference

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
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Julius Caesar 2012 Teacher Pack

Julius Caesar 2012 Teacher Pack

This practical activity pack is inspired by Gregory Doran’s 2012 production of Julius Caesar. 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 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.
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The Taming of the Shrew 2011 Teacher Pack

The Taming of the Shrew 2011 Teacher Pack

This complete printable resource pack contains classroom activities based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. It has been designed with KS2 & KS3 students in mind, but can be adapted for other ages. The pack contains: - Introductory Notes - Investigating the Themes - Exploring the Character - Interpreting the Play
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Antony & Cleopatra 2010 Teacher Pack

Antony & Cleopatra 2010 Teacher Pack

This is a printable teachers' pack with classroom activities and teaching resources based on Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. The activities include: - Investigating the political situation - Staging the barge scene - What is it to be Roman? Michael Boyd's 2010 production of Antony é Cleopatra with the RSC.
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Much Ado About Nothing 2006 Teacher Pack

Much Ado About Nothing 2006 Teacher Pack

This pack supports the RSC’s 2006 production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Marianne Elliott. The activities provided are specifically designed to support KS2-4 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 2 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons:Ensemble approaches for exploring character and Creating a gossip circle. 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
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Twelfth Night (2009 Teacher Pack

Twelfth Night (2009 Teacher Pack

A Teacher Pack designed to support Greg Doran's 2009/10 production of Twelfth Night. Suitable for Key Stages 2-3. The pack is divided up into 3 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Exploring the social and historical Context; Exploring character relationships; Exploring character journeys. 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
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Hamlet 2009 Teacher Pack (2)

Hamlet 2009 Teacher Pack (2)

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?
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Henry V RSC Themes Reference

Henry V RSC Themes Reference

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
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Shakespeare and Context RSC Reference

Shakespeare and Context RSC Reference

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.
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Richard III 2012 Teacher Pack

Richard III 2012 Teacher Pack

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.
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