London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art



This intensive practical course helps students become as comfortable with poetic drama as they are with naturalistic plays.

Emphasising work relating to the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, the course includes taught sessions and rehearsals focusing on textual analysis and historical context. Working in acting companies of no more than 15 students, the work will include classes in acting, movement, historical dance, stage combat, physical theatre, Alexander Technique and singing.

In addition there are specialist lectures focusing on textual analysis and historical context and Shakespeare scene rehearsals where techniques learned can be applied. The course leads to an ‘open rehearsal’ of Shakespeare scenes for an audience of students and tutors.

You will also have an opportunity to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon to see the Royal Shakespeare Company at work and attend performances at London theatres, including Shakespeare’s Globe. 

Note: This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited certificates. Students who complete this course receive a LAMDA Short Course Certificate.

The minimum entry age for this course is 18 and applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Entry is by application sent with one written reference and a short personal statement (no longer than 200 words) explaining your reasons for applying and briefly outlining any relevant experience in acting and/or Shakespeare.


There is no application deadline for this course but we advise you to apply early, as places are limited. We are offering a tuition fee discount on applications received for this course by 1 April 2016. 

Online Application

Online application fee: £21

Click here to apply online.


18 July - 12 August 2016


Early bird offer (applications must be received before 1 April 2016): £2,250
Fee after 1 April 2016: £2,620


There is no UK government funding available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Click here for information on making independent applications for funding.


LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and for an additional cost, to short course students aged 18 and over. It is assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Click here for more information. 


If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Student Visitor 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. It is each student’s responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at LAMDA.

Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor’s Visa if your intention is to study on this course. If you do not have a valid visa, you will not be allowed to study at LAMDA.

Please note that you need to bring your passport on the first day of your course.

See this website for more information.


Course runs Monday to Friday (unless the course dates include a Bank Holiday), 35 hours per week. It is taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time training, supported by visiting artists and recent LAMDA graduates.

For international students: We can provide transcripts on request once you have completed this course. Please email our Admissions team on for more information. Any credit enquiries should be made to your home university or college. 

LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content. 

Please note that these courses are not accredited in the United States. Any conversion to US credits is at the discretion of the Study Abroad office of the student’s home university. However, LAMDA recommends that, on the basis of the taught contact hours, the programme be placed at the equivalent of 4 US credits.

Note: We are redeveloping the west end of our campus to create a professionally equipped 200-seat theatre and 12 new studios, including a flexible performance space and a screen and audio suite. Construction is underway and we plan to open the new building in 2016. As a result, some courses are likely to take place off-site.

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Esther Joy Mackay
LAMDA Short Course student