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Shakespeare resources for theatre students.

Shakespeare in the Present

"Filmed on the stages of Michael Howard Studios in New York and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Shakespeare in the Present brings you hours of private coaching with acclaimed master acting teacher Patsy Rodenburg and her unique approach to voice and acting. The six-hour masterclass allows you to explore Patsy's highly sought-after techniques and exercises in Movement, Speech, Body and Vocal Warmup. In addition, Patsy works one-on-one with actors performing speeches from Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, and many more. Watch Patsy's techniques come to life through her work with actors at all levels including renowned actors Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth)."  -- Drama Online


  1. 01a Patsy Rodenburg - Shakespeare in the Present(00:49:20)
  2. 01b Patsy Rodenburg - Shakespeare in the Present(00:52:55)
  3. 02 Michael Howard Studios - Body in Second Circle(00:22:25)
  4. 03 Michael Howard Studios - Centre(00:44:52)
  5. 04 Michael Howard Studios - Breath(00:15:19)
  6. 05 Michael Howard Studios - Support and Ensemble(00:17:19)
  7. 06 Guildhall Year 2 - Intro and Warm Up(00:33:00)
  8. 07 Guildhall Year 2 - Body in Second Circle(00:24:49)
  9. 08 Guildhall Year 2 - Speaking the Text(00:40:36)
  10. 09 Guild Hall Year 2 - Owning the Text (00:13:28)
  11. 10 Hamlet - Joseph Fiennes (00:46:00)


A multidisciplinary collection of many thousands of videos spanning a wide range of subject areas such as anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

There are a handful of Shakespeare productions available on this website from the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, and others.

The Royal Shakespeare Collection Live

"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 10 films of productions performed in 2018 and 2019 have now been added to the collection, including Twelfth Night starring comedy icon Adrian Edmondson." 

RSC 1 Playlist:

RSC 2 Playlist: 

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