Many of us are missing theatre and live performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but we can still share the joy of theatre and Shakespeare with each other.

We're keeping page updated with all the ways you can enjoy our shows, features and other work even while the theatres are closed. 

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The RSC is a charity and our mission is to transform lives through amazing experiences of Shakespeare and great theatre. If you can, please consider supporting us by making a donation and Keep Your RSC.

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WATCH OUR SHOWS on the BBC and MARQUEE TV

We have partnered with the BBC to bring audiences six of our shows  as part of their Culture in Quarantine initiative. All six are now available on iPlayer, including Macbeth, with Christopher Eccleston in the title role and Hamlet.

You can also sign up for a 14-day free trial on performing arts streaming service Marquee TV. Marquee has 18 of our shows available, including Richard II with David Tennant, and King Lear with Antony Sher.

Sonnets in Solitude

With theatres closed and all live performances of Shakespeare's plays suspended, we turn to the playwright's poetry. Our actors in lockdown are performing 90 of his sonnets, which we are publishing on YouTube throughout the spring and summer. 

Share Your Shakespeare

Perform a speech, paint a picture or bake a cake – join the largest ever celebration of Shakespeare by audiences in our history. Share your Shakespeare and see how other people have shared theirs.

Explore our learning resources

Dive into the Shakespeare Learning Zone, go behind the scenes and see how actors approach the plays with our Live Lessons and watch videos exploring key moments and relationships from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespeare Unlocked.

Celebrate Midsummer

Celebrate Midsummer with activities and short films inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Watch Pyramus and Thisbe's online date, see a masterclass in acting from Nicholas Bottom, discover the untold story of a faerie abduction and more...

Keep busy with family activities

Activities for children from ages 2, 4, 6, 8 and above, from warming up your body to telling a story and making a bear for The Winter's Tale. Free activity sheets, films and crafts inspired by Shakespeare.

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT US ON YOUTUBE

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to explore our huge range of videos, including scenes from our shows, interviews with actors and creatives, and behind-the-scenes insights into how our productions make it to the stage.

Discover Shakespeare

Find out more about the life and times of William Shakespeare himself, and delve into our past productions of his plays with plot synopses, photos and video.