As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the closure of UK schools, many young people will be working from home for the first time. But this doesn’t mean learning, or creativity, need to stop.

Whether you're a parent looking for inspiration or a student wanting to get creative, we've got lots of resources and ideas you can use.

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Shakespeare’s play King Lear was first performed in 1606, shortly after a major outbreak of plague had shut down much of London, so it’s possible he wrote the play during that time. But if you’re not feeling inspired to write your own play just yet, below is a list of the content we already have that will help you to keep learning about his.

Shakespeare Learning Zone

A catalogue of games, images, videos and galleries arranged by play title where you can find out more about a play or revise one you know well.

Shakespeare Learning Zone Youtube Channel

All our videos can be found in playlists on our YouTube channel. These include introductions to language terms like iambic pentameter, and our actors talking about techniques they use to get to grips with text; a great time to test some of these out on a soliloquy or rhetorical speech.

SHAKESPEARE UNLOCKED

Videos exploring key moments, relationships and speeches from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

LIVE LESSONS

RSC Live lessons on Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet are available for you to watch and take part in at any time.

Live lessons for Primary and Secondary made with the BBC can also be watched at any time.

BACKSTAGE

We are working to adapt access to a virtual tour of the theatre that was created for Google Expeditions. This will be available again after Easter - check back here for further updates.

TEACHER RESOURCES

We have loads of activities and teacher packs aimed at teaching and learning in the classroom. You can find these in our resource bank. Many of them can be adapted or resources used outside of school.

ONLINE PERFORMANCES

Watch full productions of RSC shows for free at Marquee TV.

Stream King Lear and watch Tim Crouch’s I, Cinna on our online performances page.

CREATIVE WRITING

An interactive section of the Matilda The Musical website, helping you to explore storytelling and create your own scenes and stories.

Coming soon...

We are currently working on a number of new resources that you will be able to use shortly, including:

  • An activity toolkit for Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, with a series of flexible 15 minute activities that can be completed at home or at school
  • Weekly homework help sessions with actors and artists
  • Student activity packs to accompany online versions of Shakespeare’s most studied plays

These will be available here shortly, so please do keep checking back.

More information about the RSC’s response to Coronovirus.

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