Registration is now open for our 2017/18 broadcasts!

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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.

Registration now open for: 

  • Macbeth broadcast on 26 April 2018*


Please note that registration for the Twelfth Night Broadcast on Thursday 8 March is now closed.

*Important information about the Macbeth Schools' Broadcast

This production will emphasise the more psychologically disturbing themes in Macbeth and as such will probably be unsuitable for a primary school audience. We will update the website should this recommendation change during the rehearsal process.

Preparation Workshops for the Macbeth Schools' Broadcast

Once you have registered for the Macbeth Schools' Broadcast, you can book a specially devised introduction to the play in your school between 16 - 20 April 2018. Led by an RSC Education Associate Practitioner and RSC Actors, these one-hour sessions will explore key scenes, themes and characters, giving students the perfect preparation for the Broadcast.




In school


Available from 16 - 20 April


£187.50 RSC Education Members, £200 Non-Members for up to three sessions with a maximum of 150 students in each.


Please email with your preferred dates and times.

What happens in a broadcast?

Each of our free Schools' Broadcasts takes place at a set time and date, with schools all over the country logging in to a special website. We also have a BSL interpreted version of the broadcasts to make sure they are accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing students.

The broadcasts start with a live introduction from our studio and include activities for students to help them engage with the production and get the most from the experience. The play itself is broken up into three parts, rather than the usual two, with further student activities between each section and live Q&As with actors from the company.

Throughout the broadcast schools can use Twitter or the special message function on the broadcast site to suggest questions for the actors. We will also provide an On the Day Broadcast Guide which offers discussion topics and questions for each part as well as some suggested activities. The broadcast ends with a final Q&A.

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.

Materials for the upcoming broadcasts will be made available here. 

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FAQ - Schools' Broadcast

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