Free on demand Schools' Broadcasts for Summer 2021: bringing RSC productions into the classroom, including Macbeth and Michael Morpurgo's Tales from Shakespeare

Our free Schools' Broadcast series continues. Schools can now register for our Macbeth Schools' Broadcast and supporting resources.

 

Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth in armour, looking upwards
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Macbeth Broadcast 

Polly Findlay’s 2018 production of Macbeth, with Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth and Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth, will be available on demand from Monday 17 May - Friday 21 May for all registered schools. You will be able to watch the production with your students at any point during the week. Please also note it can be paused and rewound as needed.

Alongside the broadcast, our specially curated package of content offers KS3 students a comprehensive introduction to the play, its characters, language, and themes. 

The package consists of:

  • Teaching ResourcesFrom 4 May students will be able to access two weeks of content and resources, including activities and videos, to help prepare them for the broadcast. These weeks will introduce the play, its themes, the context in which it was written, as well as equipping learners with the skills to unlock Shakespeare’s language and key scenes.
  • Live Broadcast of Macbeth - In the week of 17 May all registered schools will have access to Polly Findlay’s 2018 production of Macbeth with Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth and Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth. The play will be available on demand from 9am Monday 17 May – 5pm Friday 21 May.

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

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).

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

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

For families who always home school.

Available from 17 May – 21 May  
Macbeth 2018 Production

Michael Morpurgo's Tales from Shakespeare

Five new broadcasts sharing the work of former Children's Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo are still available on demand for registered schools.

Based on his new book Tales from Shakespeare and suitable for 6-16 year-olds, these recorded re-tellings introduce students to some of Shakespeare's best-loved plays including A Midsummer Night's Dream (until 9 April), Romeo and Juliet (until 16 April)The Tempest (until 23 April), Macbeth (until 30 April) and The Winter's Tale (until 7 May). The stories are told by both Michael himself and members of the RSC Acting Company and will be available for three months each.  

To access the Tales from Shakespeare on demand, 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).

Available until 7 May 
Michael Morpurgo's Tales from Shakespeare

Preparing students for a broadcast

Our research tells us that preparing young people to watch a production 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. All schools registered for the broadcasts will have access to a range of supporting materials.

  • For the Macbeth Schools' Broadcast, schools will have access to supporting resources from 4 May and, in the meantime, teachers can explore our range of Teacher Resources on Macbeth.
  • For Tales from Shakespeare, schools will have access to teacher packs and literacy resources once registered.  

If you have any queries please contact schoolsbroadcast@rsc.org.uk

FAQ - Schools' Broadcast

  • Trouble registering?

  • Can my students watch at home?

  • Accessing previous Tales from Shakespeare broadcasts

  • How do I register for the broadcasts?

  • Families who usually homeschool

  • Does it cost anything to watch the broadcasts?

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