Experience Opportunity

Shakespeare Summer School

Shakespeare Summer School is our longest-running short course. Launched over 40 years ago, and investigating Shakespeare from an actor's point of view, it is designed to cater for a wide range of abilities and experiences, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals.

The comprehensive curriculum embraces aspects of RADA's core teaching, combining rehearsal of text with classes in essential skills.

You will work in a ‘company’ of between 12 and 16 people. Each company has a professional director, with whom you will undertake a detailed scene study on one or more of Shakespeare's plays, culminating in an informal sharing with another group. You will have classes in dance, clown, mask, physical performance, stage fighting, the basics of Shakespeare acting, and a masterclass conducted by a distinguished practitioner.

During the course, you will work with students from a second company in classes in voice, sonnets, monologues, singing and Alexander Technique. There will be informal sharings of clown work, sonnets and monologues. All companies are structured so that each student has the best possible chance of making progress at the most appropriate pace.

Part of our World of Shakespeare series of courses.

Entry requirements:

- 16+

- Applications by students between the ages of 16 and 17 may need additional references and will be given special consideration by the Course Director

- Please remember that, although there is no upper age limit, this is a physically demanding course. While any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit

Who is this course suitable for?

- Those wanting to experience Shakespeare through detailed rehearsal

- Actors, directors and teachers wishing to deepen awareness of Shakespeare's text and characters

- Performers wishing to explore a range of skills classes