Shakespeare at LAMDA

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

Academic requirements

Course length
Four weeks, starting 19 July 2021

LAMDA, Baron's Court

Is this course for me?

This four week course will provide you with the practical skills and techniques you'll need to perform the works of 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 will be assessed via telephone interview by the Admissions team.

You can apply for this course through LAMDA directly. There is no application deadline for this course, but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited.

  • UK: £2,400
  • International: £2,765

If you are offered a place on this course you will need to pay a deposit of 10% 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.

Student accommodation in West London is available 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.

I've had an amazing time. I've improved my skills and learnt so much in such a positive, mind-blowing and interesting way

Short course student, summer 2019

All about the course

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

Throughout this popular four week Shakespeare acting course, you will attend specialist lectures on the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s writing and take part in scene study classes led by professional directors. You will have the opportunity to apply the techniques learnt throughout the four weeks in a final ‘showing’ to an audience of your tutors and fellow students.

The course may also include a visit to watch a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe in London (dependent on Covid 19 restrictions at the time). 

This course is not validated by a higher education institution. It is one of our own range of non-accredited courses. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a LAMDA short course certificate.

What will I be doing?

Each day will be different, but you will 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 short course 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

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.

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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