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Bring Shakespeare to life with the best programmes from the BBC


In partnership with the BBC, the Archive has been upgraded and enlarged with the addition of hundreds of new programmes, offering ERA users some of the very best Shakespeare TV and radio broadcasts from the last 60 years. There are over 900 historic and recent broadcasts of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets to explore, along with documentaries, comedies and critical analyses of his work.

Simply log in or register with an ERA account for free access to this amazing teaching resource.

You can find the BBC Shakespeare Archive here, and at the menu at the top of the page.


Awards News

ERA’s BBC Shakespeare Archive resource was a finalist at Bett Awards 2022, shortlisted in the Secondary – Free Digital Content, App or Open Educational Resource category. Find out more about the Bett Awards here.

The resource was also shortlisted for an Education Resources Award 2022, named as a finalist in the Free Educational Resources category. Find out more about the Education Resources Awards here.

It is also shortlisted in the Free Resource category for the 2022 Teach Secondary Awards. Find out more about the Teach Secondary Awards here.

The BBC Shakespeare Archive resource is only available to those in formal UK education and institutions holding an ERA license and is free at the point of use.

For more information about access, contact: 0207 837 3222 or email

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