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"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me." A mighty image from an RSC performance of Macbeth.

Jill Carter: Shakespeare – Boldness Be My Friend

As you can see you quickly forget your first impression of Lear which is due to the love test. Leading the audience into seeing Lear as an egotistical old man. But the evidence of his greatness is seen in "Kent's devotion, in the love of his Fool, and in Cordelia's love, which is sustained, in spite of Lear's rejection."

Ian McKellen as King Lear in the acclaimed production directed by Trevor Nunn for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon,

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." A dramatic scene from The Tempest.

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." A dramatic scene from The Tempest.

This dramatic photo was taken from the last tragic scenes of an RSC production of Romeo and Juliet.

An overview of Nancy Meckler's 2006 production as part of our Complete Works Festival

Tamsin Greig as Beatrice in this intriguing still from Much Ado About Nothing.

Tamsin Greig as Beatrice in this intriguing still from Much Ado About Nothing.

‘We went for the laughs, quite shamelessly’ … Derek Jacobi in Much Ado About Nothing in 1983.

Derek Jacobi: 'Much Ado saved me from stage fright'

After touring Hamlet in the actor succumbed to the ‘worm of doubt’ – but a job playing Shakespeare’s quick-witted hero forced him to face his anxiety

Much Ado About Nothing, 2012, the Courtyard Theatre. Directed by Iqbal Khan, set designed by Tom Piper, costume designed by Himani Dehlvi. Part of the World Shakespeare Festival.  The wedding of Hero (Amara Karan) and Claudio (Sagar Arya). Also shown: Leonato (Madhav Sharma), Panditji/Friar Francis (Robert Mountford) and Beatrice (Meera Syal). (Photo: Ellie Kurttz). RSC.

This colourful photo of a wedding party was taken during the 2012 Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Much Ado About Nothing.

Diagramming Sentences - A useful, visual skill for second-language learners.

Drawing sentences I was SO lucky to have an amazing teacher in high school that taught me how to do this. I honestly am depressed at the quality of writing my college students turn in to me.

Macbeth whispers these famous lines to himself in frustration.

Macbeth whispers these famous lines to himself in frustration.

Our new RSC School Shakespeare titles provide exclusive insights into RSC rehearsal room practice and preparation.

Our new RSC School Shakespeare titles provide exclusive insights into RSC rehearsal room practice and preparation.

This enchanting image is from the 2008 RSC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

This enchanting image is from the 2008 RSC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

RSC School Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice. Find out more at www.oxfordsecondary.co.uk/rsc.

RSC School Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice. Find out more at www.oxfordsecondary.co.uk/rsc.

"I owe the most in money and in love". A powerful shot from The Merchant of Venice.

Jacob Fortune-LLoyd as Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

This dramatic photograph was taken during an RSC performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

This dramatic photograph was taken during an RSC performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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