World's biggest Shakespeare lesson


Children from all over the UK are invited to take part in the world's biggest Shakespeare lesson when we stream Henry IV Parts I and II direct into classrooms up and down the country this summer.

Henry IV Part I will be broadcast on Friday 6th June 2014 with Henry IV Part II following on Monday 30th June 2014. Both events will run from approximately 9.30am to 12.15pm including a 30 minute interval. A live Q&A will run from 1– 1.30pm following a break for lunch. The broadcasts are completely free.

Registration is simple
If you'd like to register your school for the broadcast then just complete the registration form at our Onscreen website. To register you will need your school's full address, contact details for a teacher, the approximate number of students watching the broadcast and their key stages. Our Education Department will then be in contact regularly with updates and resources leading up to the broadcast.
Register here.
Find out information about technical requirements here.

Why we're broadcasting to schools
Our school broadcasts series began last year when we streamed Richard II into schools. It was watched by over 31,000 students. We are the first UK theatre to broadcast performances directly and free of charge into schools up and down the country.

As well as the opportunity to see the production in your own classroom, the broadcasts give thousands of young people their first experiences of theatre, Shakespeare and the RSC.

87% of participating students for the Richard II broadcast were new to the RSC's work, 57% were seeing Shakespeare for the first time and nearly a fifth of students were seeing their first play. 99% of teachers participating in the Richard II broadcast felt that after seeing their students' reaction to the production they were likely to progress their students to seeing live theatre.

By royal command
This week the Duchess of Cornwall joined the debate about the relevance of Shakespeare to young people. She attended the Shakespeare Schools Festival and was quoted in a report by The Telegraph as saying: 'My children didn't find [Shakespeare] accessible, but the minute they got to Stratford and started seeing the plays, they get it.' 

Working with brilliant technical partners
Our school broadcast series is made possible through a collaboration with Ravensbourne, a university college for emerging film-makers and platform designers.

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