Young People's Shakespeare

Young People's Shakespeare in New York 2011 (photo: Stephanie Berger, © 2011)

As part of the Stand Up for Shakespeare aim to get young people to “See it Live”, the RSC has designed a series of Young People's Shakespeare plays.

These distilled versions of Shakespeare plays have been specially created for schools and family audiences.

In October 2012 a newly-crafted 70-minute production of Shakespeare's King Lear was developed and directed by Tim Crouch, and played to more than 1,000 New York City public school students. A filmed version will be distributed to more than 1 million students in New York City Schools in Spring 2013.

In July 2011 the RSC took its Young People's Shakespeare (YPS) to the US for the first time, with four performances each of Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors at Park Avenue Armory. For 79% of the young people involved, this was the first time that they had seen Shakespeare.

Our first YPS Week was in September 2010, and saw 5,000 young people visiting Stratford-upon-Avon to see our those two productions. The week also featured members of our Ensemble running after show events and theatre workshops for children, directing street theatre and running a project around The Tempest for children with special education needs.

“I didn't want to blink because I didn't want to miss anything” Shivani, aged 11 on the Young People's Shakespeare Hamlet

“I doubt that you could see it without feeling Shakespeare is your contemporary, whether you are 9 or 99” Guardian

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