4 week Shakespeare Summer School

This summer short course is a practical, in-depth exploration of Shakespearean text and is suitable for students of all abilities.


In-person at LAMDA

Course fee

Course length & date
Four weeks, starting 11 July until 5 August 2022

Applications for this short course have now closed.

Is this course for me?

Gain an insight into drama school training at LAMDA within your summer holidays.

This is an intense burst of training that offers practical techniques and approaches for working as an actor with Shakespeare's texts.

It is taught by LAMDA teachers and directors who offer unparalleled insight and knowledge into his plays. This course is great if you don't have much previous acting experience and want to learn more about Shakespeare.

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 the equivalent English language experience. This may be assessed via telephone call by the Admissions team.

You can apply for this course through LAMDA directly. We advise you to apply early, as places are limited.

Fee: £3,010

If you are offered a place on this course you will need to pay a deposit of £310 within five days of the date of your offer email to secure your place.

You will then need to pay the remainder of the course fee within 28 days at the latest. 

Application fee: £21

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

LAMDA does not have its own on-site student accommodation, instead an external student housing provider is available in West London for those booked on either the four-week or eight-week Shakespeare summer courses. Rooms are on a first-come, first served basis and you must be over 18 – please contact [email protected] for further information once you have a confirmed place on the course.

All about the course

You will be taught by the same tutors and industry professionals that teach on our full-time courses and develop the practical skills and techniques you'll need to perform the works of Shakespeare.

The course has the perfect balance of being both practical and technical. You will take part in workshop rehearsals in which a piece of Shakespeare will be brought to life and shared in an internal performance, as well as learn technical elements through voice classes, which will cover the technique required to speak and project Shakespeare, as well as text analysis to help demystify the play text and teach you how to approach any Shakespeare piece.

This course not only offers classes on Shakespeare, but also classes in music, voice, movement, and stage combat, all tailored to improve vocal and physical application for working with Shakespeare text. All of the above offers a glimpse into what LAMDA training on full-time courses looks like. At LAMDA we believe in the joy in interrogating the many complexities that surround the classical canon, and we will together explore historical context of Shakespeare and contemporaries then, as well as look at its relevance now.

This course happens during the 8-week Shakespeare Summer School with applicants from all over the world, so there will be a vast LAMDA community to benefit from during the time of the course.

What will I learn?

  • You will have classes in music, acting technique, voice, movement and stage combat.
  • You will be introduced to methods and approaches to analyse and understand Shakespearean texts, so that you can approach any piece with confidence in the future.
  • You will understand how to bring Shakespeare pieces to life with detail and a strong focus on storytelling
  • You will gain insight and feedback from our expert teachers and directors who will empower you every step of the way and help you de-mystify the works of Shakespeare.

Your exact 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)

11.45 Technique class (music/acting)

13.15 Lunch (lunch not provided)

14.15 Scene study rehearsals

17.30 Classes finish

18.30 Private study time for reflection, exploring London, and Theatre trips

Teaching takes place at LAMDA in Barons Court, west London, although due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, some of the course may be altered to accommodate local restrictions, social distancing measures, or a transition to blended learning (a mix of online and onsite delivery) or entirely online learning. Any changes would be communicated to you in advance.