Shakespeare Summer School

Offering students a creative approach to solving the challenges involved in performing classical works.

Drawing on dramatic material from both the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, this course enables students to develop a greater understanding of poetic drama and discover the connections and challenges in performing this type of work.

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. 

Don't have eight weeks of free-time this summer? Consider our four-week Shakespeare Short Course.

Course Overview
Designed to stretch and inspire students in a supportive environment, the course is taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead LAMDA’s full-time training.

Students are taught in small groups, with work rooted in the core LAMDA disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing.

Classes in acting, pure movement, physical theatre, stage combat, historical dance, Alexander Technique, singing and textual analysis take place alongside scene study workshops focusing on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; writers like Jonson, Marlowe and Webster.

Students also undertake specialist sessions on the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s world.

As part of their training students enjoy a field trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where they are guided through key historical locations central to Shakespeare’s life and work, and attend productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Students on this programme also have the opportunity to attend productions in London theatres such as Shakespeare’s Globe.

The course culminates in ‘open rehearsals’ of Shakespeare and Jacobean scenes for an audience of LAMDA students and tutors.

Dates and Fees for 2019
Dates for 2019 will be announced soon.
Fee: £5,087 

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.

Entry Criteria
The minimum entry age for this course is 18. There is no upper age limit. There are no academic requirements for this course. Admission is by application only. Applicants should be fluent English speakers and may apply to LAMDA directly or through the Study Abroad Office of their home university or college.

Entry is by application form with a short personal statement.

There is no set application deadline for the Shakespeare Summer School but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited. Applications received for this course by 1 April 2017 will receive an early bird discount

You may apply to LAMDA directly or, for international students, through the Study Abroad Office of your home university or college. 

Online application fee: £21

There is no UK government funding available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Find out more information regarding funding for International Students.

LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and at an additional cost, for Shakespeare Summer School students. It is assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Find out more information on Housing.

Visas and Immigration

If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Student Visitor Visa prior to entry to the UK if you are a visa national or upon entry to the UK if you are a non-visa national. It is each student’s responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at LAMDA.

Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor’s Visa if your intention is to study on this course. If you do not have a valid visa, you will not be allowed to study at LAMDA.

Please note that you need to bring your passport on the first day of your course.

Visit the UKCISA website for more information.

Course runs Monday to Friday (unless the course dates include a Bank Holiday), 35 hours per week. It is taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time training, supported by visiting artists and recent LAMDA graduates.

For international students: We can provide transcripts on request once you have completed this course. Please email our Admissions team on [email protected] for more information. Any credit enquiries should be made to your home university or college. 

LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content. 

This course consists of two modules and is validated by the University of Kent at UK HE Level 4. Once validated, students will receive transferable HE credits for completing the course.

LAMDA's terms and conditions and our admissions policy are all set out on our Policies & Procedures page.