Free Schools' Broadcasts of Michael Morpurgo's Tales from Shakespeare available to use for remote learning

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Our free Schools' Broadcast series continues in 2021 with five new broadcasts sharing the work of former Children's Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo, all of which can be made available to students learning at home.

Based on his new book Tales from Shakespeare and suitable for 6-16 year olds, these broadcasts will introduce students to some of Shakespeare's best-loved plays including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest. The stories will be told by both Michael himself and members of the RSC Acting Company.   

Following feedback from teachers and students on the need for flexibility in remote learning, these broadcasts will now be made available to watch on demand from 10am on each of the dates below, for a period of 3 months.

Michael Morpurgo’s Macbeth - Friday 29 January
Michael Morpurgo’s The Winter's Tale - Friday 5 February

The previous Tales from Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest are now available on demand.

Any UK school* can register to access these broadcasts. Once your registration has been processed you will receive a link that can be passed on to students for home learning.

Are you a student or parent who would like to watch these broadcasts? Just share this link with your teacher and ask them to register on your behalf. How to watch - for families who always home school.

*Please note that our Schools' Broadcasts are only available to UK schools

Are you a student or parent who would like to watch these broadcasts? Just share this link with your teacher and ask them to register on your behalf. 

For families who always home school.

Available from 25 January to 8 May 2021
Michael Morpurgo's Tales from Shakespeare


To view the broadcast you will need to register. To complete the registration process you will be asked to provide contact details for a teacher at your school and an estimated number of students who will be watching the broadcast and their key stage(s).

Preparing students for the broadcast

Our research tells us that preparing young people to watch the broadcast greatly increases their engagement and enjoyment. We believe that using rehearsal room approaches to Shakespeare in the classroom can help students of all ages and abilities gain a meaningful connection with his work. Our range of Teacher Packs draw on this approach and allow young people to explore and experience Shakespeare's language themes and ideas in practical and exciting ways. These resources are available at the links below:

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Tempest

Romeo and Juliet


The Winter's Tale

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