This pack supports the RSC’s 2023 production of Macbeth, directed by Wils Wilson.

The activities provided in this pack are specifically designed to support KS3-4 students attending the performance and studying Macbeth but all activities can be adapted for learners of different ages and abilities. These activities aim to help students explore some important features of the text and production, using the RSC’s rehearsal processes. 

Lady Macbeth (Valene Kane) and Macbeth (Reuben Joseph) are holding each other. Lady Macbeth wears a sheer dress with white dots and Macbeth wears a light-coloured waistcoat and tartan kilt. A small boulder is in the background
Photo by Marc Brenner © RSC Browse and license our images

About the production 

This 2023 production of Macbeth sets the ambition and fall of Shakespeare’s most infamous couple in a future dystopian world, pitching its powerful, foreboding themes and imagery against a cruel ruined earth. Directed by Wils Wilson and designed by Georgia McGuinness, it is an interpretation for our time, closely examining the nature of evil and our most selfish motives in a fragile world that one day might fight back.

Watch our Macbeth trailer

For audio and visual access, you can watch a narrated filmed series of our Macbeth Teacher Pack 2023 via our Learning YouTube Channel.

Exploring the story

  • Synopsis

  • Activity 1: World Building

  • Activity 2: What's in a Scene?

Exploring the characters

  • Activity 3: The Macbeths

  • Activity 4: Unwritten Scenes

Exploring the themes

  • Activity 5: Most Wanted

  • Activity 6: A Hero's Ruin

  • Activity 7: Shell Shocked

  • Activity 8: Powerful Words