Summer Shakespeare

Begin to engage practically and theoretically with Shakespeare’s plays by learning how to perform Shakespearean texts, bring a critical perspective, and evaluate the choices available to the actor.

Summer Shakespeare

    Course fee

    £1035

     

    Concessionary Fee

    £820 (see Course Detail)

Due to the global COVID-19/Coronavirus situation, our summer short courses have been cancelled for July/August 2020. Please refer to our COVID-19/ Coronavirus webpage for further information.

We're please to announce however, that we've recently launched new online courses that may be of interest instead. Read more here!


Course Overview

This course will enable you to begin to engage practically and theoretically with Shakespeare’s plays.

Week one will concentrate on the challenge of performing Shakespearean texts, including taking part in Central’s specialist voice and movement training. The following weeks will develop the performance work by bringing in a critical perspective and evaluating the choices available to the actor.

During the course you will attend two productions of Shakespeare plays showing in London. In the past students have visited Shakespeare’s Globe, the Hampstead Theatre and The Actor’s Church.

The course is suitable for everyone that is interested in gaining more experience in performing Shakespeare. 

You must have prepared a Shakespearean monologue before the start of the course (details will be given on the booking of a place). You will work towards an informal showing at the end of the course.

What our students said

'As someone who had little experience in acting Shakespeare this course really helped me 'demystify' Shakespeare and approach his work - and classic work in general - more confidently, knowing that there isn't just one way to do it and you can be as inventive as you want.' Ana, summer 2019

'Finding humanity in Shakespeare was the first step. it really impacted my way of understanding the circumstances, and my character. This course gave me wings to feel free while doing Shakespeare.' Alejandra, summer 2019

'The course really opened up the simplicity of the human experience that is within the beautiful but complex language which had always been inaccessible to me.' Natasha, summer 2019

Course Detail

Dates: 2 weeks. Monday - Friday each week. 10:00 - 16:30 each day. Monday 13 July - Friday 24 July 2020 (Cancelled). 

Location: Central's main campus in Swiss Cottage, London.

Minimum Age: 18 years

Maximum class size: 16

Requirements: Applicants must be confident speaking and understanding English to a conversational level (IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent)

Concessionary rate: Available to those that are in receipt of UK benefits for either disability or unemployment.

Booking

Our courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis in order of payment. To secure a place, please take the following steps:-

 

1. Read through our Terms and Conditions by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this webpage. 

2. Click on "Book Now" on the left-hand side of this screen where you will be redirected to an Eventbrite booking page.

3. Check that you are booking for your preferred dates. 

4. Click on 'Tickets' on our Eventbrite booking page and follow the instructions.

FAQ

Do I have to audition/apply for Summer Short Course?

All of our Summer Short Courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No auditions, no need for a lengthy application process and no need to submit a CV/resume – you just need to book! For further information on how to secure your place, please see the Booking section above.

Who is eligible for the concessionary fee?

Central offers a concessionary rate for some courses. You may be eligible if you can submit proof of being an EU citizen in receipt of benefits for unemployment and/or disability within the UK.

Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?

Many of our courses are perfect for complete beginners. Please see the course information above for more details on the amount of experience required for your preferred course.

Can I pay in installments?

Unfortunately not. We need to receive payment in full to confirm your place on the course.

How important is it that I’m available for every session?

Very important! Our courses give you the chance to experience conservatoire-style training and as such we take attendance and punctuality very seriously. All of our courses are collaborative in nature and if you’re missing from class it impacts on your fellow students’ learning, as well as your own.

Where does the course take place?

All of our summer short courses take place at our main, purpose-built campus at Swiss Cottage. It’s in Zone 2, and right next to Swiss Cottage tube station. The Jubilee Line takes you into Central London within minutes.

Do you provide accommodation for Summer School students?

As a small, specialist institution we don’t have our own student accommodation for any course (including our main BA and MA programmes). However, there’s plenty of accommodation available locally to suit all tastes and budgets, from 5-star hotels to boutique youth hostels and lots of AirBnb properties.

Do I get a certificate?

As these are short, non-accredited courses, we don’t offer a certificate as standard. Provided that you have attended at least 85% of the course, we can supply a certificate of attendance on request, once the course has finished. Please email the Short Courses office to request the certificate, including the name you would like on the certificate and the address you would like the hard copy sent to. Please note that it may take up to 4 weeks for your certificate to reach you.

Can I take more than one course?

Absolutely! We often have students attend more than one summer short course, especially if they’re travelling from overseas.

I don’t know if I need a visa/which visa I need. Can you help?

Our general visa advice is above. Unfortunately, we’re not able to advise further as each student’s situation is different.

How are the classes structured?

All of our courses are interactive and participatory and we hope you’ll arrive ready to get stuck in. In common with our main courses, the summer short courses are all about experiential learning – you’ll be up on your feet in a rehearsal room rather than sat still reading a Powerpoint in a classroom.

Expect lots of drama games and exercises as well as working in pairs and trios to implement the new skills you’ll be learning.

Please be aware that by its nature, acting and voice training may be physical and mentally demanding, but highly rewarding.

Who will my tutor be?

All of our courses are run by professional actors, coaches, and directors and as such, it may not be possible to confirm the name of your tutor until just before the course begins. Rest assured that we only work with the best of the best – all of our tutors have a background in working as professional actors and directors as well as being highly experienced and much sought after teachers!

Will this course help me get a Spotlight pin?

At the present time, Spotlight does not accept part-time, non-accredited courses as a way to get a pin. If you already have a pin, however, you’ll be able to list that you took one of our courses under the Education section.

I can no longer attend – can I get a refund?

You can receive a refund up until 1 week before a course begins by contacting the logging back into your Eventbrite account. 

Within one week of the course beginning, we’re unable to offer any refunds at all.

It is not possible to defer places on the Summer Short Courses.

I have more questions – who can I contact?

If you’ve not found the answer to your question here, please get in touch with our Short Courses team who will be happy to help you.

EU/International Students

If you are from the EU/EEA/Switzerland you don't currently need a visa to study in the UK however this is subject to change due to Britain's planned withdrawal from the EU. We advise all applicants to check the UK Visas and Information website for the most up-to-date information and guidance on the visa application procedure.

If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you may need to obtain a Visa prior to entry to the UK (if you are a visa national) or upon entry to the UK (if you are a non-visa national). More information can be found on the UK Gov website. 

It is each student's responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive in the UK. If you do not have a valid visa you are not able to study at Central.