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.

Homework Help

An opportunity to ask our actors your questions online through #RSCHomeworkHelp. If you're searching for answers, why not see if we can help?

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.

ACTIVITY TOOLKITS

The Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello and The Merchant of Venice activity toolkits contain a number of short 15-minute activities on each play. Designed to help you revise or refresh your knowledge. 

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.



Difficult times?
We know this is a very challenging time for everyone. If you are experiencing feelings of isolation or have other wellbeing concerns, you may find the Heads Together website helpful. Other useful sites include themix.org.uk which provides practical support to under 25’s and Young Minds.