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Course overview

Shakespeare Summer School is our longest-running short course. Launched over 40 years ago, and investigating Shakespeare from an actor's point of view, it is designed to cater for a wide range of abilities and experiences, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals.

The comprehensive curriculum embraces aspects of RADA's core teaching, combining rehearsal of text with classes in essential skills.

You will work in a ‘company’ of between 12 and 16 people. Each company has a professional director, with whom you will undertake a detailed scene study on one or more of Shakespeare's plays, culminating in an informal sharing with another group. You will have classes in dance, clown, mask, physical performance, stage fighting, the basics of Shakespeare acting, and a masterclass conducted by a distinguished practitioner.

During the course, you will work with students from a second company in classes in voice, sonnets, monologues, singing and Alexander Technique. There will be informal sharings of clown work, sonnets and monologues. All companies are structured so that each student has the best possible chance of making progress at the most appropriate pace.

Part of our World of Shakespeare series of courses.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Those wanting to experience Shakespeare through detailed rehearsal
  • Actors, directors and teachers wishing to deepen awareness of Shakespeare's text and characters
  • Performers wishing to explore a range of skills classes

Entry requirements

  • 16+
  • Applications by students between the ages of 16 and 17 may need additional references and will be given special consideration by the Course Director
  • Please remember that, although there is no upper age limit, this is a physically demanding course. While any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit
  • Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential
I have not had a more transformative experience in my life, both as an artist and as a human being.
Shakespeare Summer School participant

Further information

Optional: Shakespeare in Practice

Immediately following the four weeks of the Shakespeare Summer School, we are offering an additional week of Shakespeare in Practice, beginning on Saturday 13 August and continuing from Monday 15 August to Saturday 20 August 2022.

You will work in a company of no more than 12 to rehearse, with your own professional director, a digest of a Shakespeare play and perform it in one of the academy’s theatres: productions are minimal and use practice clothing provided by you. There are classes in Acting Verse, Physical Performance, Voice and Dance. Each student may invite two guests to one of the performances.

This course is designed to be very demanding and high expectations are placed on the students: the hours are long and homework necessary. It is in no way a casual undertaking and complete and consistent commitment to punctuality, discipline and preparation is required from every student.

If you are interested, please tick the box on the application form. The fee for the course is £910.


Details regarding accommodation will be sent out if you are offered a place on the course.


Punctuality is essential; a certificate stating the minimum number of contact hours is awarded on successful completion of the course.

How to apply

This course is now full. However, you can apply to join the waiting list.

Download an application form here.

Email your completed application to

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.

Where can I find information about accommodation in London?


Accommodation can be arranged for Shakespeare Summer School students who are aged 18+. There are limited rooms available, and they are allocated on a first come first served basis.

The accommodation is a ten-minute walk from RADA. Single rooms are provided, and there are communal bathrooms and a small kitchen available (please note no kitchen utensils are provided). Linen is included, but bring your own towel. A coin-operated launderette is on the premises.

Accommodation is secure, but you are advised to take reasonable security precautions e.g. not leaving valuables unattended in your room, or leaving doors and windows unlocked. Floors are mixed sex, and the accommodation is used by many organisations over the summer.

What is the cancellation policy?

Once you are accepted onto the course - you will receive full details of our cancellation policy.

Once payment has been made, it is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

Rules and regulations of the Academy

By participating in the course you undertake to conform to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy.

Students must understand, conform, and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.

The Academy’s Principal or Course Director shall, at their absolute discretion, have the right to terminate the course in respect of any student whose presence or conduct is in contravention of the same.

Fees are non-returnable once a student has started a course.

If, for reason of epidemic or national crisis, the Academy is compelled to close during the course, no fees can be returned or compensation be made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry out its work.

Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals, or presentations.

All students are expected to wear the correct and appropriate clothing for each class.

Students are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and hygiene at all times.

Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in the classroom areas without permission from the Academy’s staff.

RADA does not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, disability, ethnicity, or sexuality. We welcome applications from disabled people, and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is housed in a recently-refurbished building which provides good access for wheelchair users.

Decisions made by the Academy regarding the selection of instructors, the allocation of students to study groups, the material for that study group, and any roles allocated are final and not open to negotiation.

It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises.