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Theatre Text in Context

Illustrated talks on the performance history and context of the play of your choice

In relation to your choice of any of Shakespeare's plays, students will explore:

  • The original performance conditions and stagecraft of your play in Shakespeare’s theatre
  • The social, cultural and historical context of the play in relation to its performance history
  • The contribution of directors, designers and performers to the theatrical experience
  • Discussion of the live performance seen by the students in relation to all of the above

Aiming for an A*: to sharpen awareness of the topic, students are introduced to a range of carefully selected archive materials (theatre sketches and designs, RSC production photographs, reviews, programmes).

Classes are illustrated with materials from our world-renowned library and archive, and can be booked for the time and date of your choice, Monday to Fridays.

Venue: The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW

Prices: £8 per person
£10 when combined with entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace
(minimum charge applies, based on fifteen people)

Suitable for all exam boards; OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC, Pre-U and IB.

Combination Discount

Combine with our Theatre Text in Action workshop, plus a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace for
just £17 per person!

When booking, please specify:

  • the play you are studying
  • the relevant examination board
  • the production you have seen or are due to see

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