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The RSC Live Collection

“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 production image
The Tempest production image
Love's Labour's Lost production image

The RSC 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 9 films of productions performed in 2018 and 2019, including Twelfth Night starring comedy icon Adrian Edmondson, will have been added by Fall 2020.

These two sets of films are available as separate perpetual access purchases (RSC Live 1 and RSC Live 2). Alternatively, institutions can subscribe to all the plays through a single subscription to the RSC Live Collection.

The collection will continue to add new RSC productions as they are filmed, as the RSC works through Shakespeare's canon.


Designed with the student and researcher in mind

  • The films render beautifully in the video player and are accompanied by transcripts with real-time tracking of lines spoken and a search transcript function
  • Each video is enhanced by a collection of still production images
  • An Educational Resource Pack for teachers is provided for each play

Pair the films with other performances, playtexts and critical texts including those in:


2013-17 performances

2018-19 performances