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Course overview

Investigate Shakespeare from an actor's point of view on this online course.

In week one, you will join three 90-minute classes each day, with a 15-minute break in between. Classes will cover voice, physical performance, verse, Shakespeare monologues and sonnets. At the end of the first week there will be an informal sharing of work. There will also be individual tutorials in verse and physical performance.

Week two includes rehearsal and performance of an online, abridged version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, directed by RADA tutor Gary Lagden. This will be an ensemble production in which everyone gets to play the role of Hamlet. Students will also receive individual tutorials in movement and verse.

This course is designed to cater for a wide range of abilities and experience. Participants will work in companies of up to 12 to uncover and explore key aspects of Shakespearean performance.

Part of our World of Shakespeare series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • Applicants have to be 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
  • 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.

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Who is this course suitable for?

  • Those who feel fairly confident in performing.
  • Anyone interested in extending their skills in the performance of Shakespeare.
  • Relevant for those wishing to improve audition/interview skills or who work in 'speaking professions'.

Further information


In week one, participants will join three 90-minute classes each day, with a 15-minute break in between.

Week two will consist of rehearsals for an online, abridged version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with an emphasis on choral work. There will also be individual tutorials in physical performance.


Even though we're working through screens, this course is not a casual undertaking and classes are not optional; students are expected to treat these as professional rehearsal calls. Total commitment to punctuality, discipline and preparation is required from every student.

How to apply

For any queries about this course, please email

Frequently asked questions

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

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course, providing attendance has been fulfilled, and the student has adhered to Rules and Regulations of the Academy (see below).

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.