Shakespeare Short Course

Four-week summer short course

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

This summer short course is a practical, in-depth exploration of Shakespearean text and is suitable for participants of all abilities. Taught at our west-London campus and by the same tutors and industry professionals that teach our full-time acting courses, this curriculum is carefully designed to incorporate practical skills and techniques to perform the works of Shakespeare.

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

Throughout your four weeks with us, you will attend specialist lectures on the understanding of social and historical context of Shakespeare’s writing and take part in scene study classes led by professional directors from the industry. You will have the opportunity to apply the techniques learnt throughout the four weeks in a final ‘showing’ at the end of the course, to an audience of your peers and tutors.

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.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a LAMDA short course certificate*.

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 a specific commitment to an inflexible schedule. Changes in the timings of the schedule will be determined by the participant’s assigned group.

*This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of our own range of non-accredited certificates.

If you’re looking for a more intensive classical course, try our eight-week Shakespeare Summer School.

Meet our Short Courses Tutors

Applications for our 2020 courses will open this winter 2019.

Minimum Age: 17 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
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 where necessary 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.