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The Royal Shakespeare Live Collection offers students worldwide their own seat in the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company theatre. It was launched on Drama Online with 17 films of live productions performed between 2013 and 2017. These included the cutting-edge 2016-17 production of The Tempest starring Simon Russell Beale.

A further nine films of productions performed in 2018 and 2019 were added to the collection, including Twelfth Night starring comedy icon Adrian Edmondson.

In 2023, five further films from 2021 and 2022 were added to the collection, with two more films coming later in the year – Richard III and All’s Well That Ends Well.

Each video is enhanced by a collection of still production images and an Educational Resource Pack for teachers is provided for each play.

New RSC productions will be added to this collection as they are filmed, as the RSC works through Shakespeare’s canon.

2013-17 performances:

Royal Shakespeare Company Richard II

Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 2

Henry V

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Royal Shakespeare Company Love’s Labour’s Won (“Much Ado About Nothing”)

The Merchant of Venice



King Lear


Royal Shakespeare Company

The Tempest

Antony and Cleopatra

Julius Caesar


Titus Andronicus

2018-19 performances:

Royal Shakespeare Company Twelfth Night


Romeo & Juliet

Troilus & Cressida

The Merry Wives of Windsor

As You Like It

The Taming of the Shrew

Measure for Measure

Timon of Athens

King John

2021-22 performances:

The Comedy of Errors

Henry VI: Part One

Henry VI: Part Two

Henry VI: Part Three

The Winter’s Tale

About the RSC:

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. They produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers. Everyone at the RSC – from actors to armourers, musicians to technicians – plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. Productions begin life at Stratford workshops and theatres and the RSC bring them to the widest possible audience through touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.