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Leisure Courses

Shakespeare courses for individuals or groups

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The course offers the opportunity to learn and extend knowledge in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

— Living Shakespeare attendee

Living Shakespeare

We are once again looking forward to hosting another series of our popular adult leisure courses here in Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare.

During the day you will discover more about the plays you will see that evening, including their performance histories and the different ways they have been presented on stage in the past.  Conversation and recollections of previous productions continue over the evening meals that many of us share before seeing the evening’s theatre performance.

Everyone is welcome: from the Shakespeare enthusiast to teachers and lifelong learners with a desire to enhance their knowledge.

We are always keen to welcome new and returning participants to our adult leisure courses.

Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 September 2018 - booking now closed


  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth


  • Robert Smallwood
  • Nick Walton (SBT)
  • Darren Freebury-Jones (SBT)

The program for the course is really well designed - an excellent selection of talks about a wide range of subjects alongside the opportunity for discussion with other attendees.

— Living Shakespeare attendee

Winter School 2019

Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 January 2019

Our ever popular Winter School is now open for booking.  Structured around current RSC productions, it will feature talks on the plays and post-performance discussions, as well as special interest talks, Q&A sessions with members of the RSC acting company, and displays from our world-class library, archive and museum collections.


  • A Christmas Carol
  • Timon of Athens (matinee)
  • Tartuffe


  • Professor Emma Smith, Oxford University
  • Professor John Bowen, University of York
  • Dr Darren Freebury-Jones, SBT
  • Dr Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick.

To book please complete and return the registration form which includes a draft programme.

Very relaxed atmosphere. Lovely sense of being part of the group, made us feel very welcome. The standard of speakers and topics covered was excellent and the chance to talk with fellow enthusiasts was priceless.

— Winter School attendees

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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

For further details please contact or call 01789 207131.

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