Bring an RSC production into your classroom with our free Schools' Broadcasts

Not every school can make the journey to Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, but if you can't come to us, our free live broadcasts will bring our shows into your classroom.

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Register for our free Schools' Broadcast of Hamlet

We have made our 2016 production of Hamlet, directed by Simon Godwin, available for free for you to play on demand in your classroom between 16 – 23 November 2020.

Featuring Paapa Essiedu in the title role, the production is designed by Paul Wells and takes inspiration from West African cultures exploring the play’s themes of family loyalty, superstition and revenge.  .

A range of supporting resources and film content for teachers and students is available online on our Hamlet Broadcast Hub.

We will send you the links for the production once your registration is confirmed.


Mon 16 Nov 2020


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).

You can register up until the 23 November. You will receive an email confirming your registration once you have completed the process, and further details about accessing the production.

Once registered  you will be able to access the school broadcast on demand from 16 – 23 November 2020.


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 on our Hamlet Teacher Hub

If you have any queries please contact

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