Shakespeare Summer School

Eight-week summer school

All information on these pages is for applicants and students starting in Summer 2019.

This intensive, eight-week Shakespeare summer programme is designed to develop a deeper understanding of poetic drama. Working with Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, you will attend daily classes and rehearsals to develop your understanding of the language, style, and the challenges of performing dramatic texts from these periods.

This is a full-time, eight-week programme which consists of two modules, each of which is validated at HE Level 4 by the University of Kent. As a whole, it is valued at 30 UK credits. This is equivalent to 15 ECTS credits or 8 US credits.

Throughout your eight weeks with us, you will attend specialist lectures on the understanding of social and historical context of Shakespeare’s writing. You will also visit key historical locations central to Shakespeare’s life and work, as well as watch performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. 

What classes will I attend and what will I learn?


  • Applied voice
  • Text
  • Singing


  • Movement
  • Alexander Technique
  • Historical dance
  • Stage combat


  • Games
  • Improvisation
  • Building character

A day in the life: an example timetable

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

The above is intended to give an idea of a day rather than a specific commitment to an inflexible schedule. Changes in the timings of the schedule will be determined by the participant’s assigned group.

Applications for our 2020 courses will open this winter 2019.

Minimum Age: 18 years (Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications if you are under this age on the first day of the course).  There is no upper age limit.

Entry Requirements

Entry is by application form with a short personal statement.
There is no application deadline for this course but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited.
Online application fee: £21
Apply to LAMDA directly or through the Study Abroad Office of their home university or college.
Fluent English speakers*

*Note: We require a level of English that is approx. IELTS 6.0. It is not mandatory for English language tests to have been taken prior to attending this short course, however we recommend that for non-native English speakers that if you have not completed Level 6 IELTS then you must have the equivalent English language experience. This will be assessed via telephone interview by the Admissions team, please note their decision is final.


Dates and Fees

We will be announcing our 2020 dates and fees soon

Note: In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.