Shakespeare Lives in Schools

What is Shakespeare Lives?

Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.


It is an invitation to the world to join in the festivities by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of Shakespeare directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools.


It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.


What is the schools pack?

The Shakespeare Lives schools’ pack has been created by the British Council in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.  


The pack celebrates Shakespeare as a writer who still speaks for all people and nations, addressing big questions and themes about the human experience and what it means to be a citizen in the twenty-first century.


We encourage teachers and pupils to engage with some of the key issues, themes and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays, and to explore the ways they remain relevant and current in our lives today, wherever we are in the world.


Students during a Shakespeare workshop
Schools' pack

Explore the complex themes and issues of Shakespeare's work through the schools' pack.

Mix the Play lesson plan

Use Mix the Play, a digital video platform, that encourages students to get into the role of a director and produce a scene from Midsummer Night's Dream.

Media resources

Watch and learn from RSC and Shakespeare Lives commissioned productions.

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Shakespeare Lives in Schools Day

1 December 2017 is Shakespeare Lives in Schools Day. Find out how your school can join others from around the globe in bringing the bard to life for a new generation.

Shakespeare Lives

Model Kovaleva Olga as Ophelia. Photo by Ann Galkina.

Celebrate Shakespeare through stage, music, film and exhibitions events throughout 2016

Mix The Play

Shakespeare Mix The Play

Turn your class into theatre directors and recreate your own scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream.