LAMDA Shakespeare Summer School

LAMDA Shakespeare Summer School


Students on this course train in small groups, guided by the same experienced tutors and industry professionals who lead LAMDA’s full-time training.

Shakespeare Summer School, Student Quote

Drawing on dramatic material from both the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, spanning the work of writers like Jonson, Marlow, Middleton and Webster alongside Shakespeare, this practical course gives students a 360° view of poetic drama; offering both an understanding of the historical background to these plays and an exploration of the practical tools and skills needed to bring this work to life in front of an audience.

The Shakespeare Summer School is designed to bring out the best in our students; to challenge and inspire them in a supportive, positive environment. Students on the course gain valuable skills and enjoy the full LAMDA experience at first hand.

The Shakespeare Summer school consists of two modules which are validated by the University of Kent at UK HE Level 4. Upon successful completion of both modules, students will receive 30 UK transferable credits (or 15 ECTS). The validation takes effect for entry in June 2017 onwards.

We also offer a four-week Shakespeare Short Course. Read all about it here.

Course Content

Work on this course is rooted in the core LAMDA disciplines of acting, voice, movement and singing. Students attend practical, dynamic classes in acting, physical theatre, stage combat, pure movement, historical dance, Alexander Technique, singing and textual analysis. Students also undertake specialist sessions on the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s world.

The course culminates in ‘open rehearsals’ of Shakespeare and Jacobean scenes for an audience of students and tutors.

Field Trip

As part of their training, Shakespeare Summer School students enjoy a field trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. Here they are guided through key historical locations central to Shakespeare’s life and work and attend productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Students on this programme also have the opportunity to attend productions in London theatres such as Shakespeare’s Globe.

Minimum entry age is 18 and admission is by application only. Applicants must be fluent English speakers and may apply to LAMDA directly or through their home university or college.

Entry is by application form with a short personal statement.


Applications open on 30 September 2016

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 2017. 

Online Application

Online application fee: £21


26 June - 18 August 2017


Early bird offer (applications must be received by 1 April 2017): £4,795
Fee after 1 April 2017: £5,475


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. 

This course consists of two modules and is subject to validation by the University of Kent at UK HE Level 4. Once validated, students will receive transferable HE credits for completing the course.

“You never forget great teachers; our lives are changed by them.” 

Dame Janet Suzman DBE
LAMDA Vice-President and alumna