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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

Monday 31 July to Thursday 3 August 2017 - NOW SOLD OUT

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

“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 2 October to Wednesday 4 October 2017

Our autumn Living Shakespeare course will be taking place between Monday 2 and Wednesday 4 October 2017 at the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street. Over this two day course, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear pre-performance lectures on the RSC's current productions
  • See RSC productions including Coriolanus and Dido: Queen of Carthage
  • Hear Dr. Roger Pringle speak about pilgrimages to Stratford made by famous poets over the centuries
  • Discuss RSC performances with fellow course members and lecturers
  • Put questions to members of the RSC acting company
  • Dine with course members and lecturers each night before watching a show together

Full information about the October 2017 course can be found here along with a booking form.

For further information please contact the Learning team by calling +44 (0) 1789 207131 or email learning@shakespeare.org.uk


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