Activities

The Merchant of Venice (2011)
The activities in this pack are based on the rehearsal room process of Rupert Goold's 2011 production of The Merchant of Venice.
They have been designed with KS3 and KS4 students in mind, but can be adapted for other ages.
Activities explore:
- Introducing Bassanio and Antonio
- Exploring Belmont
- Shylock and bullying
- Exchanging the rings
- Interview with designer Tom Scutt
Download teachers' pack (PDF 600KB) »

Using images
Use these photo galleries to compare three different RSC productions of The Merchant of Venice.
The 'How to...' document lists some topics these images can be used to explore and outlines suggested classroom activities.
The activities have been designed for KS3, KS4 and sixth-form students, but can be adapted for other ages.
How to use image galleries with your students (PDF 37KB) »
Production photo gallery (1993) »
Production photo gallery (1981) »

There are many more activities on teaching Shakespeare, from introducing a play to more in-depth explorations of characters, relationships and themes, in the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers.

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