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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.
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
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 (1)
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Hamlet 2009 Teacher Pack (1)

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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.
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
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 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
Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest (2012) Teacher Pack
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Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest (2012) Teacher Pack

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This pack supports the RSC’s 2012 productions of Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest directed by RSC Associate Director David Farr. These productions were part of the World Shakespeare Festival and the three plays were cross-cast within one acting company and one shared environment; creating a world of shipwrecks, grief, laughter, love and reunion. The activities in this pack are inspired by the themes in the three plays and can be used either as stand-alone practical approaches to the plays or as supporting activities for students seeing the productions. 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. The pack is divided up into 10 distinct sections designed to help you to plan your lessons: Introduction and About our Education work; About the plays; From the director David Farr; Internationalism and migration; About the director Amir Nizar Zuabi; Egeon’s speech; Themes and ideas in the plays; Activities; Storytelling and improvisation and More 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. 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
Twelfth Night (2009 Teacher Pack
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Twelfth Night (2009 Teacher Pack

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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
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
The Taming of the Shrew 2011 Teacher Pack
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The Taming of the Shrew 2011 Teacher Pack

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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
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
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
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
Julius Caesar 2012 Teacher Pack
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Julius Caesar 2012 Teacher Pack

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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.
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?