Shakespeare Short Course

Four-week summer short course

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?


  • Pure voice
  • Text
  • Singing


  • Pure movement for actors
  • 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.

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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 for 2019

22 July - 16 August 2019

Early Bird £2,500 – apply by 1 March 2019

Full Price £2,765

Maximise your time at LAMDA and save money: Get 10% off Introduction to Screen Acting starting 19 August 2019 if booked as a second follow-up course.

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.

Payment Schedule

If offered a place you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £100 to secure your place on the course and you will be given a specific deadline to pay the remaining balance by.


At the end of the course students will receive a LAMDA Short Course Certificate, upon successful completion of the full course. This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). This is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited certificates. 

Cancellation Policy

Please note that no fees will be refunded after the 1 April 2019. If you withdraw from the course before the 1 March 2019 all fees will be refunded minus the deposit. Payments made for housing (if applicable) will be refunded minus 10% up until 1 April 2019. After 1 April 2019 no housing costs will be refunded. Students are advised to insure themselves to cover the loss of any fees in the event of any circumstances such as illness which prevents them from attending the course as LAMDA cannot accept any liability for this.

Academy Regulations

In enrolling with LAMDA as a student, you become part of LAMDA’s community. From the point your offer is confirmed you are required to abide by the regulations, rules, policies and procedures set out in LAMDA’s Terms & Conditions

You are required at all times to behave courteously and respectfully towards other students and members of academic and non-academic staff, including visiting professionals, in accordance with the Academy Regulations. If you breach any of LAMDA’s terms and conditions for example, failure to abide by health and safety requirements or serious cases of non-approved absence or serious breach of the Academy Regulations then LAMDA obtains the right to withdraw your place on the course immediately.

View a copy of the full Academy Regulations

Scholarships and Bursaries

Unfortunately there are no scholarships or bursaries available for LAMDA’s short courses.


LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and for an additional cost, to short course students aged 18 and over. It is assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Please note that LAMDA are currently confirming housing with an external student housing provider so bookings for housing will not open until early 2019.

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 [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.

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

Please note that these courses are not accredited in the United States. Any conversion to US credits is at the discretion of the Study Abroad office of the student’s home university. However, LAMDA recommends that, on the basis of the taught contact hours, the programme be placed at the equivalent of 4 US credits.