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Associate Schools programme

York Theatre Royal and The Royal Shakespeare Company are partnered together in their Associate School programme. Following on from the highly successful Learning and Performance Network, this programme partners regional theatres with local schools with the aim of brining about a significant change in the way that our young people experience, engage with, and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare. The Associate Schools programme offers teachers in-depth training in active rehearsal based approaches to Shakespeare, which are transferred to their children who learn in an actrive way and through doing and performing. This national project consists of eight regional theatres in partnership and each works with a Lead Associate School, who for us is York High School. The Associate Schools programme represents the RSC's Stand up for Shakespeare manifesto in action, with its call for children and young people to:

  • Do Shakespeare on your feet;
  • See it live;
  • Start it earlier.

Our schools work in association with the RSC has created the following festivals:

On February 27th 2014 our Hub and Cluster schools performed in our regional Shakespeare festival Responding to Richard. Each school took a section or theme from Richard III from which they created a piece of theatre, which responded to that section of the narrative. Taking practical ensemble approaches to their pieces they created fascinating insights into how our young people respond and reflect upon this story.

All schools came back together on March 16th 2015 to perform in a larger festival called The Head that Wears a Crown, which looked at eight scenes across Henry IV Part 1, Part 2 and Henry V. .

Our schools sluster continued its work beyond the life of the LPN, working on a sell-out production of The Tempest at a festival in our Main House in May 2016

Our Associate schools festival for 2017 What Country, Friend, is this? explored Shakespeare's 'Shipwreck trilogy': The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night. Each school presented a scene from one of the plays that connected to the themes of migration, separation and identity.

For 2017/18, we produced Julius Caesar with a festival on March 20th. 

In 2018 we are working on Macbeth towards a festival on March 25th & 26th.  


If you are interested in joining the programme please contact schools@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk 

Our Associate schools are: York High School, Poppleton Road Primary, Clifton Green primary, Fulford School, Applefields School, St.Barnabas CE, Millthorpe school, Scarcroft Primary, Vale of York Academy and Knavesmire Primary. 


  • The Head That Wears A Crown
  • The Head That Wears A Crown
  • The Head That Wears A Crown
  • The Head That Wears A Crown
  • The Head That Wears A Crown
  • The Head That Wears A Crown
  • The Head That Wears A Crown