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Learning Resources

We hope that this collection of educational resources proves useful for audience members, students, teachers and academics alike. This page is a guide to navigate our learning offer, and find out more about our education workshops.

Our online resources include interviews, archival materials, education packs featuring full live-capture recordings of past productions and ready-to-use teaching materials on Shakespeare and rehearsal practice.

The Sophie Hamilton Archive provides further information on individual Cheek by Jowl productions.

Education Packs

Our free education packs enable a unique access to contemporary productions of Shakespeare plays – including lesson plans, classroom exercises and contextual information. Each pack features access to the full-length filmed recording of the production, as well as special content for students and teachers to explore the play and production from different angles and topics.

Measure for Measure education pack
Approaching Shakespeare education pack
The Winter’s Tale education pack


Cheek by Jowl runs school workshops for English or Drama students (14+) and workshops for teachers in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Our practitioners are Cheek by Jowl company members passionate about sharing the company’s approach to theatre and performance.

They bring the manner and energy of the Cheek by Jowl rehearsal room to the classroom as tools to approach Shakespeare and classic texts in a dynamic way, and can tailor the workshops to different groups or interests as needed.

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Declan Donnellan and Marcus Roche. Photograph: Johan Persson

Not True, But Useful…
Series 1 Transcripts – Edited Versions

Following the release of our podcast ‘Not True, But Useful…’ in 2020, we decided to create an edited version of the transcripts that would stand alone as a written educational resource, accessible for free and available in several languages.

Media Library

The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan (book cover)


The Actor and The Target

Originally published in Russian and translated into 14 languages, The Actor and The Target is our co-Artistic Director Declan Donnellan’s seminal book, detailing his fresh and radical approach to acting.
The Actor and The Target

The Actor and the Space

In The Actor and the Space, he develops and extends those ideas, exploring that most profound source of vitality in life as well as performance: the space around us. Tackling fundamental questions that face any actor Donnellan offers a universal set of keys to unlock the mysteries of performance.
The Actor and the Space

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl

Published in 2019, Peter Kirwan’s book unpacks the innovations and legacy of Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod and their Cheek by Jowl collaborators over four decades of practice.
Find out more

Other publications

Included in our book selection are other publications we recommend to explore acting, directing and Cheek by Jowl’s work.
More books

Resources for Curriculum Works

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Explore Shakespeare’s Scottish play performed by Cheek by Jowl in 2009-2011 using our education pack and programme.

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Much Ado About Nothing

Performed by Cheek by Jowl in 1998, find an eyewitness account of the production, materials from rehearsals, and the production programme.

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Measure for Measure

First performed in 2013 by our Russian company, explore our education pack, livestream recording and interviews with creatives.

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Cheek by Jowl’s 2004 Othello performed in four continents. See scripts, notes, and a tour diary from the production.

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The Winter’s Tale

Performed in 2016-2017, resources on this production include a full-length recording, education pack and company interviews.

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Resources include a TV documentary, audio and video interviews with the creative team of our 2007 production, of what has been called Shakespeare’s most surprising, anarchic and moving play.

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The Winter’s Tale. Photograph: Johan Persson

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We hope that you find these resources useful. If you’d like to be updated when new resources (including education packs and workshop offers) become available, you can subscribe to our education mailing list.

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