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Course overview

Interested in trying for a RADA Shakespeare Award but unsure where to start? Why not be guided and supported along the first stages of your Awards journey by some first-class tuition from RADA’s tutors.

Shakespeare Awards offer the opportunity to present a speech, sonnet or scene from Shakespeare to a RADA tutor and get personal feedback to develop your skills and inspire your acting.

This workshop focuses on either the Messenger Award or the Bronze Award, depending on your age. Over three days, you will take classes in Voice and Physical Performance to equip you with some essential skills; and a workshop for rehearsing and developing your pieces with a member of the Awards team.

On the final day, you will continue with classes and be assessed for your Award by a member of RADA's faculty whom you have not met during the week.

You can join as an individual or, apart from Messenger, as a pair, depending on which material you have chosen from the syllabus.

Part of our World of Shakespeare series of courses.

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Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our training where possible. Many of our courses are highly practical. Most involve movement and some may include work on the floor. You may also be asked to read from various texts. If you have access requirements and/or require more information on access and facilities in our RADA buildings, please email
  • Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone interested in a practical introduction to the RADA Shakespeare Awards.
  • Those wanting to deepen their knowledge and experience of Shakespeare.
  • Those interested in techniques of rehearsing classical text.

How to apply

Please address any queries regarding the workshops and syllabus to Gina Benou at

Frequently asked questions

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

If your assessment is successful, you will receive the appropriate Award Certificate.

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.