Shakespeare Short Course

Shakespeare Short Course


Now open to students aged 17 and over, this in-depth, practical short course is suitable for students of all abilities and offers a dynamic and challenging immersion in Shakespearean texts.

Shakespeare Short Course, Student Quote

During the four weeks students take classes in acting, pure movement, physical theatre, stage combat, historical dance, Alexander Technique and singing, to equip them with the practical skills and techniques necessary to perform Shakespeare’s work.

Specialist lectures focusing on textual analysis and historical background ensure students understand the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s writing.

Shakespeare scene rehearsals give students a forum to apply and explore the techniques they have learned

Students on this course work in small groups under the guidance of experienced tutors, and are challenged to grow and develop within a supportive environment.

Shakespeare short course students have the opportunity to visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see the Royal Shakespeare Company at work and to visit key historical locations central to Shakespeare’s life and work. Students also have the chance to attend productions in London theatres, such as Shakespeare’s Globe.

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

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 will receive a LAMDA Short Course Certificate.

If you’re looking for a more intensive classical course, try our eight-week Shakespeare Summer School.

The minimum entry age for this course is 17 and applicants must be fluent English speakers.

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


24 July – 18 August 17


Early bird offer (applications must be received before 1 April 2017): £2,318
Fee after 1 April 2017: £2,699


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.

“It exceeded my expectations. I just wish it was longer than four weeks”

Esther Joy Mackay
LAMDA Short Course student