07/04/2016

Streaming Live Shakespeare to Schools – The Merchant of Venice – 21st April 2016

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) and the DfE (Department for Education) are pleased to announce a special screening of The Merchant of Venice on Thursday 21st April, 2016.

The screening which runs from 9:00am – 12.30pm and is shown in 3 parts, is available free of charge to all UK schools.

Teachers can access downloadable resources tailored for both primary and secondary audiences, including interactive whiteboard resources, packs and activities, rehearsal clips, interviews and images. Technical advice on how to screen the play is available from the RSC’s special website.

The Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan, is supporting this special screening, believing it to be an excellent way for young people to experience Shakespeare’s plays. The live element of the broadcast means that schools all over the country can participate by tweeting, sending in questions (there will be Q&A opportunities with some of the actors throughout the broadcast) and photos of their pupils watching the broadcast.

Nearly 100,000 students have already enjoyed viewing live RSC screenings of Shakespeare’s plays, to join them in experiencing the Merchant of Venice  please register now.

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