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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.  

Registration has now closed for the January 2017 event.

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

“Wonderful lectures and discussions afterwards”

— Winter School attendee

Living Shakespeare

Join Shakespeare and theatre enthusiasts on one of our popular leisure learning three day courses at the Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street.

  • Hear pre-performance lectures from leading Shakespearians
  • See RSC productions
  • Discuss RSC performances with fellow course members and lecturers
  • Put questions to members of the RSC acting company
  • Learn about how the plays have been staged in the past
  • Visit the five houses cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Dine with course members and lecturers each night before watching a show together

Programmes for our 2017 courses are currently being finalised, however we are happy to announce the dates for our next two Living Shakespeare courses as:

25th - 28th April 2017 (The Hypocrite / Julius Caesar / Anthony and Cleopatra)

31st July - 3rd August 2017 (Titus Andronicus / Vice Versa / Julius Caesar / Venus and Adonis)

“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 information or to reserve a place on an upcoming Living Shakespeare course please contact us at or +44 (0)1789 207131. 

Special Interest Groups

Create a bespoke residential course for your established special interest group. Download our NAIS Residential Courses leaflet to find out more. 

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