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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Free Schools' Broadcasts of Michael Morpurgo's Tales from Shakespeare

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, these special free events 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.   

Any UK school* can register their students to either watch along with young people across the country at 11am on Fridays, or access the link on demand from the following Monday. Once your registration has been processed you will receive a link that can be passed on to students for home learning.

  • Michael Morpurgo’s A Midsummer Night's Dream - Friday 8 January, 11am
  • Michael Morpurgo’s Romeo and Juliet - Friday 15 January, 11am
  • Michael Morpurgo’s The Tempest - Friday 22 January, 11am
  • Michael Morpurgo’s Macbeth - Friday 29 January, 11am
  • Michael Morpurgo’s The Winter's Tale - Friday 5 February, 11am

Registration for all these broadcasts is now open. Schools who register for the Friday streamed performances will also have three months' free access to the stories on demand for use in the classroom. 

If you would like to watch along with the live broadcast, you need to register by 4pm on the Thursday before. Any registrations received after that time will be sent the link to watch the broadcast on demand from the following Monday.

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

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Fri 22 Jan 2021
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11:00am
Michael Morpurgo's Tempest
Fri 29 Jan 2021
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11:00am
Michael Morpurgo's Macbeth
Fri 5 Feb 2021
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11:00am
Michael Morpurgo's The Winter's Tale

 

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

Macbeth

The Winter's Tale

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

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