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: 

  • Twelfth Night which will be broadcast on Thursday 8 March 2018
  • Macbeth will be broadcast on 26 April 2018*


*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.

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.

You can download our preparation materials and activities for Julius Caesar below. 

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FAQ - Schools' Broadcast

  • When will the Broadcasts be taking place?

  • What are the timings for the day?

  • Does it cost anything to watch the broadcasts?

  • Who can watch?

  • How do I register for the broadcasts?

  • Our school can't watch the broadcast on that date – what are the other options?

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