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The BBC Shakespeare Archive offers a wealth of outstanding content to help bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom. If you’re yet to discover this wonderful resource we’ve selected some must-see programmes from the Archive that have been popular with teachers this year for you to explore. Take a look at some of our top picks below, which are just a small selection from what’s available to stream.
9 Must-see Programmes
2018 production directed by Polly Findlay, with Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth and Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth
Erica Whyman directs the 2018 RSC production of Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight
Russell T Davies' 2016 adaptation, starring Maxine Peake as Titania and Matt Lucas as Bottom
David Tennant and Patrick Stewart star in a film of the RSC's award-winning modern-dress production
With Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Joanna Vanderham as Desdemona in Iqbal Khan’s 2015 production by the RSC
In Director Julie Taymor's The Tempest, the main character is a woman named Prospera, played by Dame Helen Mirren
Acclaimed RSC production set amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party
A 1971 production with Maggie Smith, broadcast as part of the Play of the Month drama strand
Looking for more recommendations? Don’t miss our guest playlist with Drama & Theatre magazine, containing a selection of programmes chosen specially to help GCSE and A-Level Drama students access Shakespeare’s plays.
The ERA BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource was a finalist at the Bett Awards 2022, shortlisted in the Secondary – Free Digital Content, App or Open Educational Resource category. It was also shortlisted for an Education Resources Award 2022, named as a finalist in the Free Educational Resources category.
The ERA BBC Shakespeare Archive resource is only available to those in formal UK education and institutions holding an ERA Licence and is free at the point of use. Most educational establishments in the UK are already covered by an ERA Licence – you can check here. For more information about access, contact: 0207 837 3222 or email email@example.com