Why is Shakespeare famous?
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in England. Later he went to London, to be an actor. But he became famous for writing plays. His friends said he was the best writer of his time. Most people now say he was the best of all time.
Why is he so famous?
Shakespeare lived more than 400 years ago. Yet people still go to see his plays.
Shakespeare plays are performed all over the world. Students study Shakespeare in school and at university. People write books about Shakespeare. There are Shakespeare theatres and Shakespeare festivals.
When did he live?
William Shakespeare was born in 1564. He grew up in Tudor England in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.
He lived in exciting times. Francis Drake sailed around the world (1577-1580). Shakespeare was probably in London when the Spanish Armadasailed to attack England in 1588. He saw the coronation of King James I in 1603. 1605 was the year of theGunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes. Shakespeare died in 1616.
- Shakespeare from the RSC
The resource packs listed below have been written using rehearsal room techniques and offer insights into each particular production. They have been designed to help with lesson plans and activities. Click on the production to download the PDF.The packs are often supported by information and video clips from our past productions in our Explore section.
Use our Resource bank as an easy way to navigate this material.You will find image galleries from many past productions which can be a rich classroom and research resource – download our guide:
How to use image galleries with your students (PDF 37KB)Antony and Cleopatra
2013 (Tarell McCraney) KS3-4
2010-2011, directed by Michael BoydAll’s Well that Ends Well
2013 (Nancy Meckler) for KS3-5As You Like It
2013 (Maria Aberg) for KS3-5The Comedy of Errors
2012 (Amir Nizar Zuabi) for KS3 and above
(This pack covers the 2012 RSC productions of The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and The Tempest.)
2009 Young People’s Shakespeare (Paul Hunter) for KS2 and aboveHamlet
2010, Young People’s Shakespeare (Tarell Alvin McCraney) for KS2 and above
2008, stage production and film (Gregory Doran) for KS3 and above