Activities

Hamlet (2013)
This pack supports the RSC's 2013 production of Hamlet which opened on 14 March at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and runs until 28 September 2013.

This pack has been written for use with Key Stage 5 Drama, Theatre Studies and English students, but many of the activities can be adapted for younger age groups.

Activities include:
- Designing a poetic space
- Building the characters
- Creating a backstory
- Hiding your truth
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Hamlet (2010)
The activities in this free teachers' pack are inspired by the rehearsal room process for the Young People's Shakespeare Hamlet directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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
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Hamlet (2008)
These notes are created for teachers and leaders wishing to introduce their group to Hamlet. 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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Using images
Use these photo galleries to compare three different RSC productions of Hamlet.
The 'How to...' document lists some topics these images can be used to explore and outlines suggested classroom activities.
The activities have been designed for KS3, KS4 and sixth-form students, but can be adapted for other ages.
How to use image galleries with your students (PDF 37KB) »
Production photo gallery (2004) »
Production photo gallery (1992) »
Production photo gallery (1965) »


There are many more activities on teaching Shakespeare, from introducing the plays to more in-depth explorations of character, relationships and themes, in the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers.

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