Shakespeare summer school

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

Minimum age
18

Academic requirements
None

Accredited by
University of Kent

Course length
Eight weeks

Applications open
Late November

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. Our Admissions team will assess this during the application process, usually by a telephone interview. 

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

Complete this form and we will email you when course and application fees have been announced.

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

We're here to help

At LAMDA, we’re a family. We’ll make sure you get all the support you need to feel at home. Read on for more information about accommodation, visas, healthcare, housing, insurance and student support.

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Your application

Applications for our short courses will open in late November. Sign up below and we will email you as soon as applications are open, with details about the course and how to apply.

The application process