Explore our selection of online performances with your students.

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I, Cinna (The Poet) 

I, Cinna (The Poet) is a drama written and directed by Tim Crouch and starring Jude Owusu, inspired by the RSC's 2012 production of Julius Caesar, directed by Gregory Doran.

Cinna is a minor character in Julius Caesar, who is killed by the mob simply for having the same name as one of the conspirators. This powerful one-man play explores Cinna's experience of the political unrest going on around him as well as the purpose of writing, and how (and if) to engage in activism.

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First Encounters With Shakespeare: King Lear 

In the summer of 2012, a company of nine actors and director Tim Crouch came together to create a production of King Lear specifically for young audiences. It toured to schools across England before touring to New York's Park Avenue Armory, where the production was filmed.

This project was made possible thanks to the Thompson Family Foundation and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. 

The stage play was developed through the support of Arts Council England and the Ohio State University.

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BBC Shakespeare Unlocked

In partnership with BBC Learning, we have created Shakespeare Unlocked, a series of digital resources for teachers and students in Secondary schools.

The resource is a series of films which provide unique insights into Shakespeare's world through productions and rehearsal workshops with the casts of RSC productions.

We 'unlock' four of Shakespeare's most widely studied plays by exploring three pivotal scenes that contain key moments for character and plot development. The plays are:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth
  • A Midsummer's Night Dream
  • Julius Caesar

The films show actors and directors exploring language, character development and dramatic devices. This underlines Shakespeare craft for students and shows how reinterpretation keeps the plays alive and relevant to today.

Visit the BBC Shakespeare Unlocked website

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