RTÉ to screen Shakespeare classics for Leaving and Junior Cert students

By Steve Neville

RTÉ has announced that they will screen a collection of classic productions of William Shakespeare’s plays.

The screenings will be aimed at Leaving and Junior Cert students and will be broadcast on RTÉ2.

Schools are currently closed amid restrictions as the country battles Covid-19.

Studying Shakespeare is mandatory for higher level students, while it is optional for those studying at ordinary level.

RTÉ said in a statement: “The productions, which will air weekend mornings on RTÉ2 beginning with the current 2020 curriculum for Leaving Certificate students, include Hamlet starring David Tennant and The Tempest with Andrew Sachs. 

“King Lear which is on the curriculum for 2021 will broadcast the following week.


“Junior Certificate texts for both 2020 and 2021 include A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Matt Lucas, As You Like It with Helen Mirren, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet with a young Alan Rickman.”


The productions will be available on the RTÉ Player for 30 days after they are broadcast. 

Shakespeare Schedule:

  • Hamlet - April 11, RTÉ2, 11.25am
  • The Tempest - April 12, RTÉ2, 10.50am
  • King Lear - April 18, RTÉ2, 10.35am
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream - April 19, RTÉ2, 10.35am
  • As You Like It - April 25, RTÉ2, 9.45am
  • Much Ado About Nothing - April 26, RTÉ2, 10.10am
  • Julius Caesar - May 5, RTÉ2, 10.20am
  • Romeo and Juliet - May 3, RTÉ2, Time TBC

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