Shakespeare Summer School

Develop a deeper understanding of poetic drama with our popular summer intensive Shakespeare course
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Minimum age

Academic requirements

Two modules at HE level 4, totalling 30 credits, validated by the University of Kent

Course length
Eight weeks

Applications open
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UK/EU: £2,313
Non UK/EU: £5,765 / £5,965

Course Dates
22 June-14 August 2020

Is this course for me?

If you are passionate about Shakespeare and want to develop your understanding of performing his work, then our intensive, eight-week summer programme is for you.

Key information

You should have a level of English that is approximately IELTS 6.0. Although English language tests aren't mandatory, we recommend that if you are a non-native English speaker without a Level 6 IELTS, then you must have equivalent English language experience. To get the most from the course you should have some previous acting experience. Our Admissions team will assess these requirements during the application process, usually by a telephone interview. 

If you are offered a place on this course, we will ask you to submit a self-tape consisting of one prepared Shakespeare monologue. This is so that we can assign you to a study group where you will benefit the most.

You can apply for this course through us directly or through the Study Abroad Office of your home university or college. There is no application deadline for this course, but we advise you to apply early, as this course is very popular and places are limited.

22 June-14 August 2020

  • £5,965 
  • £5,765 (Early Bird Saver. Limited availability)
  • £2,313 (UK/EU applicants only. Limited availability)

If you are offered a place on this course you will need to pay a deposit of £500 within five days of the date of your offer email in order to secure your place. You will then need to pay the remainder of the course fee within 21 days.

Please see below for information about out cancellation / refund policy.

All about the course

The busy and exciting timetable is designed to develop a deeper understanding of poetic drama.

Working with Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, you’ll attend daily classes and rehearsals, and engage with the language, style, and challenges of performing dramatic texts from these periods.

In addition to the practical classes and rehearsals, you will attend specialist lectures on understanding the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s writing. You’ll also visit key historical locations central to Shakespeare’s life and work, as well as watching productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

What will I be doing?

Each day will be different, but you can expect to be taught and learn through any of the following formats:

  • Vocal
  • Applied voice
  • Text
  • Singing
  • Physical
  • Movement
  • Alexander Technique
  • Historical dance
  • Stage combat
  • Acting
  • Games
  • Improvisation
  • Building character

Your outline timetable will be produced before the course starts, but here's an example of a day in the life of a Shakespeare Summer School student:

  • 10.00 Technique class (voice/movement)
  • 11.30 Technique class (voice/acting)
  • 13.00 Lunchbreak (lunch not provided)
  • 14.15 Scene study rehearsals
  • 17.30 Classes finish
  • 18.30 Private study/theatre trips

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Applications are open for international students (places for UK and EU students are fully booked). Applying to LAMDA can be done quickly and easily. You can pause and resume your application at any time.