The RSC Live Collection

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The RSC Live Collection has launched on Drama Online with 17 films of live productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2013 to the cutting-edge 2016-17 production of The Tempest starring Simon Russell-Beale. The collection will continue to add new RSC productions as they are filmed, as the RSC works through Shakespeare’s canon.

Institutions can pick and choose which individual collections on Drama Online they subscribe to or purchase, including the new RSC Live Collection, as well as audio recordings, playtexts, criticism, theatre craft, films, recordings, master classes, a monologue finder, and more.

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Content Highlights:

  • Richard II, starring David Tennant
  • King Lear, starring Sir Antony Sher
  • The Tempest, starring Simon Russell Beale and featuring innovative live motion capture
  • Hamlet, with award winning Paapa Essiedu in the title role


“…[I]t is splendid news that through the Drama Online platform those studying, teaching and enjoying Shakespeare can now watch live video recordings of RSC productions and consult an impressive range of Arden publications, including their world-renowned editions of the plays. This alliance between Drama Online and the RSC is a milestone in the continuing digital life of the Shakespeare canon.”

— Michael Dobson, Director of The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham, UK

“The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Arden Shakespeare side by side online: what a wonderful combination of resources for students and scholars alike! To be able to watch the ever-growing list of films of RSC productions and then to turn to the superb scholarship of Arden editions (or vice versa) seems to me the perfect way to study - and enjoy – Shakespeare.”

— Peter Holland, Chair of the International Shakespeare Association, Associate Dean for the Arts, McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, University of Notre Dame, USA


  • Richard II
  • Henry IV Part 1
  • Henry IV Part 2
  • Henry V
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Love's Labour’s Lost
  • Love's Labour’s Won ("Much Ado About Nothing")
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Othello
  • Hamlet
  • King Lear
  • Cymbeline
  • The Tempest
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Julius Caesar
  • Coriolanus
  • Titus Andronicus

Coming 2019:

  • Twelfth Night
  • Macbeth
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Troilus & Cressida

About the RSC:

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We 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. All our productions begin life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we bring them to the widest possible audience through our touring, residencies, live broadcasts and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work made in Shakespeare’s home town.