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Teach Hamlet

Whether you're teaching ELA or Theatre, access a range of high-quality instructional resources on William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet) in Hamlet | Royal Shakespeare Company © Manuel Harlan


Hamlet   |   Production   |   William Shakespeare

  • 6Productions
  • 10Video resources
  • 8Written resources

Discover video and written resources to help you teach Hamlet, including lesson activities, contextual guides, and exclusive insights from performers, practitioners and Shakespeare experts.

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Production: Hamlet

Engage your students with Shakespeare's tragedy with this featured production captured live in Stratford-upon-Avon. This production starred Paapu Essiedu in the title role, making him the first Black actor to play Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Lesson Toolkits

Designed to save valuable prep time, and with versions available for both ELA and Theatre, our lesson toolkits provide everything needed to explore the narrative, characters and key themes of Hamlet, complete with quizzes and extension questions.

Unlocked e-learning videos

These concise e-learning videos are designed to strengthen understanding of the text, with episodes covering core areas of learning, key quotations and knowledge-checking questions.

The Prince of Denmark: A Story Vaguely Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet

In this comically dark retelling of the great tragedy, young Hamlet returns home from university to find his uncle's feet under the table at his family’s pub.

Hamlet Practical Workshop Guide

Deepen your students’ understanding of the play as a blueprint for performance with this practical workshop guide.

Shakespeare and Orientalism: An Interview with Abdulla Al-Dabbagh

English professor Abdulla Al-Dabbagh analyzes texts throughout Shakespeare’s work, including Hamlet, to explore the portrayal of the Other.

Being Shakespeare

In this one-man show performed by Simon Callow, writer Jonathan Bale weaves together extracts from Shakespeare’s canon in a celebration of the playwright’s life and work.

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