This lesson includes an active workshop looking at creating the play in 20 minutes; various different exercises introducing Verona and the world of the play; and an activity exploring the prologue.

A man and woman kissing in the dark.
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The following exercises support students on their understanding of the plot of the play. Each exercise looks at the story and prologue in different ways, and pulls out the language, and character journeys throughout. 

Further exercises on story to be used with your students in class and at home can be found on the Shakespeare Learning Zone including: a simple overview of the story, a timeline of the play and detailed scene-by-scene descriptions.

These exercises could take up to 90 minutes to deliver. 

Once students have fully begun to understand the plot you can then move on to look at Lesson Two and start to look at the character journeys. 

  • Activity 1: Plot Activity

  • Activity 2: Introducing the World of the Play

  • ACTIVITY 3: Storytelling Romeo and Juliet through the Prologue

  • ACTIVITY 4: Building an understanding of setting: exploring Verona

Watch a video where RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and Designer Tom Piper share the set design for the 2018 production of Romeo and Juliet, in preparation for the Live Lesson on 25 January 2018.

Watch a recording of the RSC's Live Lesson on Romeo and Juliet featuring RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and actors Karen Fishwick (Juliet) and Andrew French (Friar Laurence). Streamed live to schools on Tuesday 2 April 2019, the lesson explores Act 4 Scene 1 and Act 3 Scene 2 and includes a Q&A with the actors.

Remember as part of your package you get to book your online workshop just email to book in your slot. 


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