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Leisure Courses

Shakespeare courses for individuals or groups

Winter School

Our ever popular Winter School is structured around current RSC productions, featuring talks on the plays we will be seeing – special interest lectures – post-show discussions – Q&A sessions with members of the RSC company – and exhibitions from our world class library, archive and museum collections.  

Watch this space for updates on Winter School 2018 which is expected to run from Wednesday 10 January to Saturday 13 January 2018.

Please contact our learning team for more information: learning@shakespeare.org.uk or +44 (0)1789 207131.

“Wonderful lectures and discussions afterwards”

— Winter School attendee

Living Shakespeare

Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 April 2017

Join Shakespeare and theatre enthusiasts on one of our popular leisure learning courses at the Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street between 25 and 28 April 2017. As part of this three-day course, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Hear pre-performance lectures from leading Shakespearians
  • See RSC productions including Anthony and Cleoparta and The Hypocrite
  • Discuss RSC performances with fellow course members and lecturers
  • Put questions to members of the RSC acting company
  • Learn about music and fashion during the early modern period
  • Dine with course members and lecturers each night before watching a show together

A full programme of events for our April 2017 course can be found here, along with a booking form.

Places for this course are selling fast so please do not delay in booking. For further information please contact Jodie Roberts on +44 (0) 1789 207131 or email her on jodie.roberts@shakespeare.org.uk.

“The welcome was superb providing an excellent background for continuous discussion. The staff at the Shakespeare Centre were unfailing in every opportunity to make it an outstanding venue”.

— Living Shakespeare attendee

Monday 31 July to Thursday 3 August 2017

The summer offering of our three-day adult leisure course will take place between 31 July and 3 August 2017 at the Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street. This course promises to bring together Shakespeare and theatre enthusiasts alike as you get the chance to:

  • Hear pre-performance lectures on the RSC's current productions
  • See RSC productions including Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar
  • Discuss RSC performances with fellow course members and lecturers
  • Put questions to members of the RSC acting company
  • Learn about Shakespeare's gardens with Glyn Jones, Head of Garden's at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Dine with course members and lecturers each night before watching a show together

A full programme of events for our July to August 2017 course can be found here, along with a booking form.

For further information please contact Jodie Roberts on +44 (0) 1789 207131 or email her on jodie.roberts@shakespeare.org.uk.


Further information on an October Living Shakespeare course will be published shortly.

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