Watch The Merchant of Venice live from your classroom!

Poster advertising The Merchant of Venice Schools Broadcast

On Thursday 21 April, the Royal Shakespeare Company are broadcasting their 2015 production of The Merchant of Venice to schools across the country free of charge.

Presented by Sonali Shah and featuring specially devised activities and a live Q&A with members of the acting company, this thrilling and contemporary interpretation is a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare in performance. The screening runs from 9:00am – 12.30pm and is shown in 3 parts.

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.

To take part, all you need to do is register by clicking here and telling us a little about your school and your students. Don't miss this chance to be part of the UK's biggest Shakespeare lessons.   

About the Broadcasts

The Royal Shakespeare Company Schools' Broadcasts are available free to all UK schools and are supported by downloadable resources tailored for both a primary and secondary audience, including interactive whiteboard resources, downloadable packs and activities, rehearsal clips, interviews and images.

They make available a BSL interpreted version of the broadcasts to make sure they are accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing students.
  • Watch a trailer from the Royal Shakespeare Company here
  • Find out more about technical requirements here
  • Find mout more in the FAQ section here

Resources for Teachers

The Merchant of Venice tells the story of Antonio, who borrows money from the Jewish moneylender Shylock in order to pay his debts. As part of his promise to Shylock, Antonio promises him a pound of flesh if he cannot repay.  

Set in Venice, this play is a great way to explore justice and law as well as lots of other themes you can use as routes into the text, including prejudice, revenge and money.

Please click through to access the teacher resources below:

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