Residential Courses


Bookshelf of Shakespeare's plays

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has been running bespoke courses for visiting students of all levels from across the globe for over 40 years. What better place to study William Shakespeare than in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon?

Right next door to Shakespeare's Birthplace we have one of the most extensive Shakespeare libraries and performance archives in the world. Nearby you will find all of the family homes associated with Shakespeare's life and times and of course the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Our courses are designed for groups of 10 participants or more. Though aimed primarily at University students, they are also enjoyed by other adult groups such as teachers and Shakespeare societies across the world. Courses can even be tailored to suit older school groups (aged 15 upwards) and we have many regular visits from international schools.

 

Create Your Ideal Course

In order to help you shape your ideal course we have created a pick and mix list of sessions and actvities which can be combined to create your bespoke course. Courses can run at any time of year and may be anything from one day to two weeks in duration.

Please browse through the options at the bottom of this page to find out more about the range of sessions on offer. For examples of how a course might be structured, take a look at these three sample programmes for more inspiration; 

Sample 1 - a long and varied university course

Sample 2 - a shorter, simpler university course

Sample 3 - a short course for a school group

Please note that the prices quoted are 2013 prices and are based on a group of 15. You will find contact details on the descriptions below. 

If you wish to make a booking please download our terms and conditions document.

 

Residential Courses in Action

The following video was made by students at Hanover College, describing their visit to Stratford.

 

This video comes from Furman University students, showing the Renaissance dance class they undertook as part of their residential course.

How to book

How to book

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  • Theatre trips


    Visits to the local theatres, see live performances at the RST and Swan theatres



    Price: Various

  • Question and answer sessions


    Talk to a member of the theatre company in a professionally chaired question and answer session.

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £9.00 per person

  • Post Performance Discussions


    Discuss the performance you have seen with an experienced member of staff

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: various

  • SBT Shakespeare and Directing workshop


    Spend two hours working with a professional theatre director

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £25.50 per participant

  • SBT Archive display


    Be introduced to some of our extensive archive collections

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £12.75 per participant

  • SBT Performance History Lecture


    Find out about performance choices through the ages

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £8.00 per participant

  • SBT Sonnet class


    Learn to look at Shakespeare's sonnets in depth

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £8.00 per participant

  • SBT Shakespeare's Stages talk


    Learn about the theatre spaces of early modern England and onwards

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £8.00 per participant

  • Introductory lecture on any play


    An introduction to any of Shakespeare's plays

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £8.00 per participant

  • RSC Voice Class


    RSC workshop on vocal technique

    Venue: The Shakespeare Centre

    Price: From £12.75 per participant