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Course overview

This course is purposely designed for those with no previous experience of Shakespeare. If you are about to embark on a training that involves performing or studying his work; whether you need to prepare a Shakespeare speech for audition; or you just want to know more about his plays, then this is the course for you.

RADA tutor and Shakespeare Gold Award assessor Naomi Cranston takes a down-to-earth, approach, helping you understand the text and respond to the vivid situations and characters that abound in Shakespeare’s works.

What will I learn on this course?

  • A practical and enjoyable introduction to speaking Shakespeare, giving you tools to approach the text with confidence.
  • Explore the technical aspects of his writing through playful, practical exploration of the language, including understanding and applying the importance of how Shakespeare uses rhythm.
  • De-mystify the process of approaching Shakespeare.

Entry requirements

  • No selection: There is no selection process for this course, if you feel this course is suitable for you and have read all the information on this webpage, then please proceed to booking.
  • Participants must be over 18 and have fluent, confident use and knowledge of the English language.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Performers about to embark on a training in drama or performance.
  • Students undertaking examination preparation that involves Shakespeare.
  • Those who wish to gain confidence in the performance of Shakespeare.

Course information

What are the Terms and Conditions of my booking?

You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Will there be anything I need to prepare before the course starts?

You will need to bring a Shakespeare speech that you need not have worked on before the class; and to be familiar with the synopsis of The Winter’s Tale.

Is there any work to do outside of class time?

There will be around 45 minutes of research and reading between each class to do in your own time.

What’s included in the fee?

The fee covers the cost of your tuition for the times advertised above and any materials essential to the course (and not specified here as materials you need to provide yourself). The fee does not include any meals or accommodation.

What materials or equipment do I need?

Please have a pen and piece of paper to hand.

You need to wear loose clothing that you can move in freely.

Our Zoom guidelines advise on technical requirements for participating in online sessions, as well as advice on working in a suitable space.

I have a disability or access requirement – can reasonable adjustments be made?

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

Are there any funding or payment plans available?

There are no RADA Scholarships available for Short Courses. We cannot offer payment plans, and full payment is required to secure your place on a course.

Can RADA provide accommodation?

We are unable to provide accommodation for RADA Short Courses.

Please note that in the event of cancellation, RADA can accept no liability for any costs you may already have incurred; and we strongly recommend you purchase insurance cover for any travel or accommodation booked before the start of the course.

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

No. A Certificate is not available for this course.

Does the course count towards University credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

What is the attendance policy?

Our attendance policy can be read within our Terms and Conditions. 100% attendance and punctuality are expected for all classes.